Necho and the Red Sea: Some Considerations

  title={Necho and the Red Sea: Some Considerations},
  author={Alan B. Lloyd},
  journal={The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology},
  pages={142 - 155}
  • A. Lloyd
  • Published 1 August 1977
  • History
  • The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology
THE matter of this paper is perplexity and suggestion. In view of the nature of the evidence it can be nothing more. My excuse for producing it at all must be that it poses questions which have remained unasked and raises issues which have been discussed, if at all, with scant regard for their full implications. Ancient sources attribute to Pharaoh Necho II (6ro-595 B.c.) three activities connected with the Red Sea: the attempted construction of a waterway between the Nile and the Gulf of Suez… 
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