Overview

Hyksos


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

A people of mixed Semitic and Asian descent who invaded Egypt and settled in the Nile delta c.1640 bc. They formed the 15th and 16th dynasties of Egypt and ruled a large part of the country until driven out c.1532 bc.

The name comes from Greek Huksōs (interpreted by Manetho as ‘shepherd kings’ or ‘captive shepherds’), from Egyptian heqa khoswe ‘foreign rulers’.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE) — Archaeology.


Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »


Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.