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Sea Peoples, migration of
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I. Description

The term 'Sea People' or 'Sea Peoples' originates from Egyptian royal inscriptions of the 19th and 20th Dynasties, where it is used as an addition to ethnonyms characterizing the tribal warrior-groups that, as sea-faring invaders 'from the middle of the sea' (or 'from the islands in the middle of the sea'), plagued Lower Egypt and the Egyptian sphere of influence in southern Syria from the …

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Lehmann, Gustav Adolf (Göttingen), “Sea Peoples, migration of”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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