Wed, 29 May 2013
Sahure and the Royal Fleet
A new ruler comes to power: Sahure, son of Userkaf.
The new king commissions a magnificent fleet to vist the mysterious land of Punt.
To commemorate the voyage the king decorates his pyramid at Abusir in lavish style.
The organisation of temples gets a look-in.
One of the ships of Sahure's great royal fleet, from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Tue, 7 May 2013
The Fifth Dynasty Begins.
The end of the Fourth Dynasty comes with the reigns of Shepseskaf and his brother, Userkaf.
These two rulers are guided (or led?) by their mother, Khentykaus I.
We also amend some of our conclusions from the previous episode.
Userkaf, first ruler of the Fifth Dynasty, initiates a significant new institution: the Sun Temple.
The deification of the king proceeds aided by the rise of Osiris.
[Right] The Pyramid of Userkaf, near the Step Pyramid of Djoser [left].
The monuments seen from the north, showing the terrible state of Userkaf's tomb.