Egypt is a metaphor for France in Dryden’s “Absalom and Achitophel.” Like many members of the Sanhedrin, the Pharaoh of Egypt pretends to be David’s friend, but Egypt is really exploiting Israel through dishonest trade practices.
Egypt Term Timeline in Absalom and Achitophel
The timeline below shows where the term Egypt appears in Absalom and Achitophel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Absalom and Achitophel
...once was, Achitophel maintains, and the Jews deserve better. David has few friends, except for Egypt’s Pharaoh, and the assistance of a foreign power will only make David less popular among... (full context)
...wishes that he could suffer on their behalf. Their freedom is at stake, he says. Egypt and Tyrus are threatening their trade, and the Jebusites are threatening their religion. Absalom claims... (full context)