Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy New School Year!

Greetings most loyal readers!
    This week in my life I have been taking inventory of lesson books and school subjects I need to take this school-year.
     And what poultry we’re going to buy this year. Did you know that there are retirement farms for chickens?!?
     What school subjects are you doing?  Does anyone have a scratch-your-noggin question to be answered? Or a topic related to academia that you would like to discuss?

Quote for the Week:
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it”. Bonus points to the lucky person who guesses the author!   
Word of the week: Mysophobia
Earliest documented use: 1879
MEANING: Who can find the definition of the word?!

History for the week: The Hyksos!!
This week I’m touching on those mysterious nobodies that conquered Egypt and left no bodies (no pun intended!) behind: the Hyksos. Let us explore the Who, Where, When, and Why of these mysterious nobodies.     
      WHO? The word Hyksos translated from ancient Egyptian means “rulers of foreign lands.”
They brought their own gods from wherever they came from, but they also worshiped the Egyptian god of death and chaos, Seth. (Weird!)

     WHERE? They were probably from Palestine or Canaan or even somewhere from Asia.

     WHEN? The Hyksos first showed up in Egypt during the 11th dynasty BC, and by the 15th dynasty BC, they ruled Upper and Lower Egypt, but by the end of the 17th dynasty BC, they were run out. (It is called “THE GREAT HYKSOS EXPULSION”!! Seriously, that is what it is called.) 
             (Illustration courtesy of Hayle Daye)
     WHY? Why did these mysterious people conquer Egypt?
Your guess is as good as mine.

1 comment:

  1. Great illustration! And I believe I know the answers to the two questions but let's see if anyone else answers!