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The Egyptians had never willingly submitted to the rule of their Semitic shepherd kings and around 1600 AD a long patriotic movement got rid of these foreigners Followed by a new phase or revival for Egypt a period known to Egyptologists as the New Empire Egypt which had not been closely combined before the Hyksos invasion was now a united country and the phase of subjugation and insurrection left her full of military spirit The Pharaohs became aggressive conquerors They had now acquired the warhorse and the war chariot which the Hyksos had brought to them Under Thothmes III and Amenophis III Egypt had extended her rule into Asia as far as the Euphrates We are entering now upon a thousand years of warfare between the once quite separated civilizations of Mesopotamia and the Nile At first Egypt was ascendant The great dynasties the Seventeenth Dynasty which included Thothmes III and Amenophis III and IV and a great queen Hatasu and the Nineteenth when Rameses II supposed by some to have been the Pharaoh of Moses reigned for sixty-seven years raised Egypt to high levels of prosperity In between there were phases of depression for Egypt conquest by the Syrians and later conquest by the Ethiopians from the South In Mesopotamia Babylon ruled then the Hittites and the Syrians of Damascus rose to a transitory predominance at one time the Syrians conquered Egypt the fortunes of the Assyrians of Nineveh ebbed and flowed sometimes the city was a conquered city sometimes the Assyrians ruled in Babylon and assailed Egypt Our space is too limited here to tell of the comings and goings of the armies of the Egyptians and of the various Semitic powers of Asia Minor Syria and Mesopotamia They were armies now provided with vast droves of war chariots for the horsestill used only for war and gloryhad spread by this time into the old civilizations from Central Asia
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