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Levantine Thinking In Egypt

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An Asiatic presence in Egypt, an element that enables, if not requires, an intellectual exchange to occur is looked into here. Investigate features present in the tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor, which carries a very visible footprint of Levantine intellectual influence is seen. Evidence for contacts which vary across a spectrum of valuation is reviewed. Two inscriptions have been found in Wadi el-Hol, deep in southern Egypt, which are described as the earliest Semitic alphabetic inscriptions. There are several bits of textual testimony that helps to understand the larger picture of Asiatics in Egypt. It is inevitable that as the Egyptians were affecting those around them, they were in turn influenced to some degree. The survey presented above clearly illustrates that the contact between the two peoples was more substantial than is generally thought.

Keywords: Asiatic; Egypt; Levantine thinking; Semitic; Shipwrecked Sailor; Wadi el-Hol



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