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hyksos


hyksos


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hyksos  \Hyk"sos\,  n.  [Gr.  ?,  fr  Egypt.  hikshasu  chiefs  of  the 
  Bedouins,  shepherds.] 
  A  dynasty  of  Egyptian  kings,  often  called  the  {Shepherd 
  kings},  of  foreign  origin,  who  according  to  the  narrative  of 
  Manetho  ruled  for  about  500  years,  forming  the  XVth  and 
  XVIth  dynasties.  It  is  now  considered  that  the  XVIth  is 
  merely  a  double  of  the  XVth  dynasty,  and  that  the  total 
  period  of  the  six  Hyksos  kings  was  little  more  than  100 
  years.  It  is  supposed  that  they  were  Asiatic  Semites.