The Hyksos: A New Investigation

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The Hyksos, foreign rulers of Egypt in the Second Intermediate Period?from about 1700 to 1550 B.C.?have been a source of continuing debate among archaeologists and historians. Mr. Van Seters approaches the problems of their rise to power, their dynasties, the nature of their rule, and their religion from the joint perspectives of archaeology and literary criticism. Archaeological investigation shows the Middle Bronze culture of Syria-Palestine to have had highly developed fortifications, advanced urban life, fine...

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Overview

The Hyksos, foreign rulers of Egypt in the Second Intermediate Period—from about 1700 to 1550 B.C.—have been a source of continuing debate among archaeologists and historians. Mr. Van Seters approaches the problems of their rise to power, their dynasties, the nature of their rule, and their religion from the joint perspectives of archaeology and literary criticism. Archaeological investigation shows the Middle Bronze culture of Syria-Palestine to have had highly developed fortifications, advanced urban life, fine buildings and temples, and a high quality of practical and artistic craftsmanship. Based on a revised date for the long-known The Admonitions of Ipuwer, this study offers a fresh explanation of the Hyksos' rise to power. A new examination of the location of Avaris, their capital, indicates that the previous identification with Tanis must give way to the region near Qantir. The Hyksos were not Hurrians or Indo-Aryans, but Ammurite princes who rose to power in Egypt following the dynastic weaknesses at the end of the Middle Kingdom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608995332
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 857,054
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Van Seters isUniversity Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He now resides in Waterloo, ON.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

List of Illustrations xv

Abbreviations xvii

Introduction 1

Part I Archaeology of the Middle Bronze Age

1 Chronology and Stratigraphy 9

2 Fortifications 27

3 Urban Life 38

4 Crafts and Arts 49

5 Egypt's Relations with Asia in Middle Bronze II A 73

6 Conclusions to Part I 82

Part II The Hyksos in Egypt

7 Asiatics in Egypt in the Late Middle Kingdom 87

8 The Rise of the Hyksos 97

9 The Location of Avaris 127

10 The "Dynasties" of the Hyksos 152

11 The Nature of Hyksos Rule 162

12 The Religion of the Hyksos 171

13 The Origins of the Hyksos 181

14 Conclusion 191

Bibliography 196

Index 213

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