Saturday, May 19, 2018

Story of the World Ancient Times - Chap 12 - The Hyksos

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This chapter in Story of the World was about the Hyksos...a group of people that temporarily took over Egypt.  The Hyksos, among other things, introduced the chariot to Egypt. Honestly...all we did for this chapter was read it and look at some pictures of Egyptian chariots.  But if you scroll down, there are some links to some great chariot crafts you can do if you're looking for something more craftsy.

 Museum replica of an Egyptian Chariot
This picture by Einsamer Schütze is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. 

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Museum Replica of Tutankhamun’s chariot (See Chapter 13).
This picture by Carston Frenzl is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


Chariot Craft (Probably a bit more Roman than Egyptian), pg 48-49

Chariot Snack (Great for the preschool set)

Life Size Chariot (for those who want to go all out)

Or, if you have the book Make It Work: Ancient Egypt  in your library, they have a great detailed craft of an Egyptian chariot (which you can see looks a lot like the first chariot pictured above, so pretty authentic)...

Also, you should note that this is one chapter where there is meaningful difference between the original and revised version.  The revised version reflects more recent archaeological evidence that shows that  the Hyksos didn't suddenly invade...they gradually settled in Egypt in large in numbers, and then rose up and took over.   (See more changes here )

This becomes important when you come to the Biblical story of the Exodus (Chap 14).  The fear that Pharoah had of the Israelites "becoming too numerous" makes so much sense when we know that another group, the Hyksos, had once entered the land gradually and grown in numbers before taking over.

Friday, May 18, 2018

My Favorite Fruit Salad

My Favorite Fruit Salad

2 small pineapple or one large one.
1 lb (more or less) of strawberries, minus a few to munch on.
1 - 3 Kiwis
(Optional) 1 Banana
(Optional) 1 Orange
(Optional) Raspberries

Start with the strawberries so they have time to create a syrup.  Slice strawberries into pieces (whatever size you like).  Stir roughly with a spoon to start the syruping process.  Chop pineapple into slices or squares.  Remove peel from kiwi and slice (I find the best way to peel a kiwi  is to chop off both rounded ends so you can slice the skin off straight down the sides of the kiwi).  Add kiwi and pineapple.  (You can slice up oranges and bananas too to add.  If I include bananas I always add them last so they don't get too mushy).

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Story of the World - Revised Version Changes - Volume 1 - Chapter 12

I may have missed some, but here are the changes I noticed in Chapter 12 of Story of the World. 

Chapter 12 - The Hyksos Invade Egypt

There was one substantive change, noting that the Hyksos didn't suddenly invade...they gradually settled in large in numbers in Egypt, and then rose up and took over.

There is also some non-substantive wording changes.

Paragraph 3/3-4
(Paragraph 3 is split into two paragraphs in the revised version)

...Fierce enemies were getting ready to charge down on the Egyptians from the North.
 ...Fierce enemies were getting ready to attack Pharoah and take away his Throne.

Paragraph 4/5

...They had been wandering around Canaan for several years.  Now they were ready to move to a new country.  And the country they chose was Egypt.
The Hyksos came charging down from Canaan into Egypt.  Egypt's weak army wasn't ready for such a vicious attack!
...They had been wandering around Canaan for several years.  A few at a time, the Hyksos had moved down into Egypt and settled.   Now a huge number of Hyksos lived in the Nile Delta.   There were so many Hyksos they had an entire city all their own. 
Now they were ready to rule their new home.  They picked up weapons and charged down to attack the pharaoh and his army.