The people whom the Egyptians called "the Shasu" are one of the enigmas in the struggle between Egypt and her neighbours during the Empire. They appear time and again in Egyptian texts and are frequently portrayed on temple walls, yet they have remained an elusive group for all the seeming importance accorded them in the extant documents. Were they an ethnic group or social class, a political entity or scattered tribes, a major enemy or sometime foe? Raphael

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