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x The Second Intermediate Period

It did not begin suddenly at the end of the Twelfth Dynasty, and it was simply a convenient label for a chronological gap, since only the dates of its beginning and end are definitely known: it began with the death of Queen Sobekneferu, and lasted until Ahmose rose to power. Between these two dates was a period that was so poorly documented: knowledge of this period hardly extended further than the names of rulers in the King-Lists. At first, only the Thirteenth Dynasty obsessed power in the land. But then it encountered opposition from the princes of Xois and Avaris in the Delta. The Fifteenth and Sixteenth Dynasties, running concurrently with the Seventeenth, were eventually expelled by Ahmose.

It did not begin suddenly at the end of the Twelfth Dynasty, and it was simply a convenient label for a chronological gap, since only the dates of its beginning and end are definitely known: it began with the death of Queen Sobekneferu, and lasted until Ahmose rose to power. Between these two dates was Read More
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The King-Lists enumerate more than 50 kings for the Thirteenth Dynasty. There is not yet any general agreement on the order of their succession. The first ruler may have been Sekhemre-Khutawy. In fact, the known rulers at this time came and went at such a rapid pace that they even had been elected into office Read More
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Hyksos’ control over Northern Egypt evolved in a number of stages. Starting from Avaris they gradually moved towards Memphis, following the eastern edge of the Delta. They established centers at Farasha, Tell El-Sahaba, Bubastis, Inshas and Tell El-Yahudiya (about 20 km north of Heliopolis). This progression took place over a period of almost half a Read More
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According to the Turin Canon, there were 15 kings in the Seventeenth Dynasty, yet, according to the Karnak King-Lists they were nine only. The Theban monuments bear the names of 10 kings of the Seventeenth Dynasty. Seven of the tombs that belong to the listed kings have also been found at Thebes, as well as Read More
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On the Hyksos’ part, Yaqub-Har’s successor, Khyan, cannot be said to have ruled an actual empire, although his name appears frequently (not only on an architectural fragment in Egypt at Gebelein and at Bubastis, but also in foreign countries such as Palestine and Baghdad). The Kingdom of Kerma, which was allied with the Hyksos according Read More
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