Ahhh, the Philistines.<P>In Year 8 of Pharoah Ramses III's reign, the Middle East erupted in turmoil. The Hittite Empire was a confederation of the Peleset (Philistines), Tjeker, Shekelesh (possibly Sikels from Sicily), Weshesh, and the Denyen (who could be the Danaoi of Homer's Illiad). Together, the confederation made up the 'Sea Peoples'. [Gleaned from page 161 of <u>Chronicle of the Pharoahs</u>, by Peter A. Clayton.]<P>No, really. The Philistines were indeed a portion of the mysterious 'sea people'. Perhaps they were related to the Phoenecians, but more likely, they were Greek in origin. Pottery dug from ruins of cities they occupied is very similar in design to that from Mycenae in a similar or slightly older period. According to my dad, they captured a city on the shoreline of Egypt, and eventually the Pharoah offered to let them settle there in return for being his bodyguards. After all, the primary objective of the Sea People was to carve out a place to settle. However, I cannot confirm this story as my father recently passed away, and I don't know where he found the information.<P>I do happen to know that our library has quite a few books on the Phoenecians because I became interested in them a few years back. This week is <i>very</i> bad, but eventually ...<P>So. Anyone have any more insights on the Sea People? Or how about Minoan history and culture?