The New Kingdom Arises

During the Second Intermediate Period, Egypt’s second period of crisis, the Northern part of the kingdom (the Delta region) was ruled by Western Semitic foreigners known as the Hyksos. The Hyksos were aggressive invaders, and the native Egyptians finally expelled them under the combined efforts of the pharaonic brothers Kamose and Ahmose. This expulsion of the Hyksos gave rise to the New Kingdom (c. 1550-1070 BC), that period of Egyptian history known for the reigns of the “Napoleon of Ancient Egypt” Thutmose III, the anomalous monotheist Akhenaten, the pharaoh every child seems to know Tutankhamun (King Tut), and the great Ramses II.

Please encourage the students to press on and finish strong as we complete this first quarter.