• “Bad Shepherds” of the Eastern Delta

    Author(s):
    Lloyd Graham (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Assyriologists, Egyptology
    Subject(s):
    Egyptology, Egypt, History, Ancient, Middle East, Historiography, Assyriology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Nile Delta, Hyksos, Invasions of Egypt, pseudo-history, Greco-Roman Egypt, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Near East
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/vsn0-tj43
    Abstract:
    During the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE, the Nile’s Eastern Delta was supposedly the locale of truculent “shepherds” who were inimical to Egypt. These problematic herdsmen seem largely to have been refractions of foreign powers generated by independent etymological confusions, behind which lie the Hyksos and the Assyrians; however, the caricature may contain a grain of truth. The shepherd-rebels from the Delta, who have intriguing overlaps with the (proto)Israelites of the Exodus, ultimately found their way into Greek novels.
    Notes:
    Additional tags: historiography, pseudohistories, Assyrian invasion of Egypt, Exodus, Late Period, Ptolemaic Egypt, Josephus, Manetho, Aegyptiaca, Aithiopica, Ephesiaca, Cleitophon and Lucippe, Shepherd Kings, Amarna period, Inaros-Petubastis cycle, Prebend of Amun, Benefice of Amun, boukoloi, Herdsman’s Tale, Marsh Arabs
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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