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Ancient Egyptian bestiary: Horses
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Horses

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    Known in Egypt since the Middle Kingdom and imported in ever greater numbers during the Second Intermediate Period and later, horses achieved a position of strategic importance during the New Kingdom. They were mainly used for pulling chariots, rarely ridden until the Late Period and far too valuable to replace the ploughing cows.
    Putting a yoke upon a horse was one of the symbols Ani used in his Teachings to describe education and its effects:
The horse which has stepped under its yoke, it obeys and goes outside.
The Teaching of Ani [1]

[1] After a transliteration and German translation on the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae website: Altägyptisches Wörterbuch, Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften => 3. Weisheitslehren => Neuägyptische Weisheitslehren => Die Lehre des Ani => 02. pBoulaq 4, Rto (B) => Recto: Die Lehre des Ani (Version B)
 

 
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