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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Welcome back again. So last week we saw how Egypt were looking pretty good in the ancient Near East. They’re just taking care of expelling the Hyksos, and they’ve got some formidable rulers coming up through the ranks. So they’re going to start moving out into Syria-Palestine. That’s what this week’s about. Why are they heading out there? It’s a resource-rich area. It’s where four tectonic plates meet, for example. There’s high ground, low ground, varied rainfall, lots of different resources, lots of different people. It’s a resource-rich area, and ancient Egypt do want a piece of it to enrich their own culture and civilisation. But what we going to find is that it’s not just up for grabs.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds There all forces out there that will try and stop the ancient Egyptians. That’s what we’re going to come across this week.

Introduction to Syria-Palestine

Syria Palestine

This week we are going to concentrate on Syria-Palestine. The region is not a superpower in its own right, but instead made up of city-states. It is very important to the course though, as this fertile area is coveted by all of our superpowers, and so becomes a common battlefield as warring factions attempt to get the upper hand in the region. To see how events from this week fit into the overall picture you can revisit our timeline

Inevitably the tension in the area culminates in a major battle. Who do you think the protagonists of this will be, and who do you think will be victorious?

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