In ancient Egypt, the Middle Kingdom period ended when Egypt was invaded from the north by the “Hyksos,” the “foreign kings” who ruled for 200 years before the pharaoh Ahmose kicked 'em out.
The only reason the Hyksos successfully invaded was because they had chariots. The Egyptians had never even seen a horse.
This was one of the major points I taught in my History class yesterday. After yapping at the kids awhile, I passed out a worksheet to “check for understanding.”
Among the questions on it were: “Who were the Hyksos? Why did the Egyptians surrender without a fight?”
Please note that I teach special ed – “resource history.”
Several people remarked that the amazing technology that gave the Hyksos the advantage included “hores.”
One chap remarked that the Hyksos were “red headed barbarians who rode Hores and killed all the Eggptans.”
I gave 'em credit. If I counted off for spelling, I’d be failing everyone. I did not, however, explain why I was snickering uncontrollably as I graded their papers…