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And, In News From Egypt....

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:21 am
by Minimalist
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.pr ... nt=5019042
Archaeologists Debunk 3,000-year-old Fake News: The Hyksos Didn’t Invade Ancient Egypt

Study of human remains found in Hyksos capital Avaris suggests that century of their rule over Nile Delta was not the result of conquest but rise to power of longtime immigrants from the Levant

Re: And, In News From Egypt....

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:57 am
by circumspice
This is not really 'new' news, except perhaps the use of dental evidence to check population demographics. It's long been known that the 2nd Intermediate Period was ushered in by the decay of authority at the end of the Middle Kingdom. The native Ancient Egyptians were shamed by the ignominy of the loss of power & status. They needed a scapegoat. This is also not new. It's a part of the typical royal pharaonic spin on history. Even as early as the 18th century, scholars knew that much of pharaonic 'history' was propaganda. The fact that a non native population took control while the native powers that be were circling the drain must have been humiliating.

Re: And, In News From Egypt....

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:48 pm
by Minimalist
One of the more compelling arguments I'd seen was that the Hyksos were brought in as mercenaries and given their utilization of chariots and compound bows there is still much to support that idea. Those weapons were revolutionary to Egypt when introduced.

As a cohesive mercenary group they were in a unique position to grab power when the opportunity presented itself. Or, perhaps they simply were not paid on time?

Re: And, In News From Egypt....

Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:54 pm
by circumspice
Wasn't the standard pay back then beer, bread & onions? :lol:

Re: And, In News From Egypt....

Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:30 am
by Minimalist
For workers, yes.

Of course this was long before coinage was invented.

Re: And, In News From Egypt....

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:20 am
by Simon21
A lot of so called invasions stretch the term. Did the Beaker people "invade" Britain? There is now a well established argument that there was no Anglo-saxon invasion of Post Roman Britain. And what scale denotes an invasion? The Arab armies which are supposed to have single handedly conquered all the near east including Spain (and then apparently repopulated it - how they got on their horses afterwards beggars belief) were miniscule.

A central prob is that history as a study only emerged in the 18th 19th centuries, before then the past was largely what the powers that be made it.

Re: And, In News From Egypt....

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:44 pm
by Minimalist
I must agree Simon. I've always doubted the numbers reported by ancient historians. Particularly the opposition that they reported they faced. The infrastructure to support vast armies did not exist.