Fri, 1 February 2013
Civil War and Its Myths
Dynasties I and II establish and expand their authority, both within the Nile valley and outside their borders. Civil war is hinted at in Peribsen's sudden shift to a Seth-dominated royal emblem.
Khasekhemwy defeats this "rebellious" king, aligning himself with both Horus and Seth. Is this the source of the myth of these warring gods?
Limestone statue of Khasekhemwy, from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford; Wikipedia.
Left: Peribsen's serekh surmounted by the Seth animal. Right: Khasekhemwy's dual serekh.
designed to resemble the walls of the royal palace.
Notable sights of Episode II, and the first two Dynasties.