The Great Exodus, p. 4-5: Introduction At the dawn of man the people of the Nile found themselves in a rich and fertile land that promised to become the home of a great power much like the other birthplaces of civilization in Mesopotamia and China. It offered an abundance of food and water, natural ressources for construction, industry, and war. Despite extensive research it remains unclear what made them stay nomadic. The Neolithic Revolution certainly didn't go past them; earliest archaeological evidence suggests they already knew how to farm, how to plough fields and plant crops. There are even indications they already experimented with building paved roads, an endeavour unsuited to a people not yet settled down. Some suggest it was outside pressure that compelled them to abandon their land, another people whose memory was lost to the turn of history. But if that was so why would their flight take them a whole 6000 miles instead of ending earlier? The annals of their nameless leader, today variously referred to as The Restless Pharao, The King of Wanderers or The Exiled Sun, are suspiciously specific in their denial of his decision having been influenced by any kind of drugs and so today many egyptologists are arguing about what he might have been smoking, drinking, inhaling or otherwise ingesting(for a thorough analysis of which halucinogens could have been available at the time see Murphy's article Drugs of the Ancient Nile in Nature 413, p. 713-755). Others even believe the wandering King's claim that he received a vision from his father, the sun god Ra, of a land of plenty far far to the south he was destined to rule. The land that later came to be known as Egypt. Surely we should be past such superstitions in the age of science and reason, but one thing we can't deny: the vision, whether it was fueled by divine inspiration, drugs or simply delusion, turned out to be right.