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Thebes at War (original 1944; edition 2005)

by Naguib Mahfouz

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Title:Thebes at War
Authors:Naguib Mahfouz
Info:Anchor (2005), Paperback, 256 pages
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Thebes at War by Naguib Mahfouz (1944)

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Pharaohs mentioned in the book:
Dynasty 17 (1663-1570 BCE): Senakhtenre, Seqenenre (killed in battle against the Herdsmen/Hyksos), Kamose (killed in battle against the Herdsmen/Hyksos).

Dynasty 18 (1550 - 1069 BCE): Ahmose (in the book also Isfinis (trader)), Amenhotep

Apophis: Hyksos pharaoh of the North.

The story recounts a period in Ancient Egypt where the Hyksos, who ruled Northern Egypt for 100 years or so, battled with Southern Egypt. Apophis, Hyksos leader and pharaoh of the North, insisted that certain demands be met by Southern Egypt (based in Thebes). When Thebes refused war ensues. During the battle Seqenenre is killed (consistent w/the historical record). In the book Thebes is then occupied by the Hyksos (doesn't follow the historical record). The Egyptian royalty escapes to Nubia (current day Sudan). In Nubia the Egyptians build up their military (e.g. chariots and war vessels). Prince Ahmose then schemes to open the Nile to trading efforts (a ruse to regain communication w/Thebes and its people). After 10 years and some diplomatic wins the Southern Egyptians are ready to run off the Hyksos. Kamose leads the army to battle but is killed (follows the historical record). Ahmose takes over and runs the Hyksos out of the country. ( )
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Angered over an insult and determined to rid all Egypt of the Asiatic foreigners who have dominated northern Egypt for two centuries, the pharaoh of southern Egypt launches a campaign to rid the country of foreign influence and to seize control of the throne of both regions, in a historical novel set against the backdrop of ancient Egypt.… (more)

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