Mon, 17 June 2013
Niuserre (Part I).
The reign of Niuserre has begun, and the political landscape is changing with the times. Courtiers with no blood-link to the royal family begin to enter the highest levels of administration.
Ptah-shepses, once a hairdresser, strides up the career ladder, eventually attaining the rank of Vizier.
Ny-ankh-Khnum and Khnum-hotep appear as well; a special pair in an evolving world.
The Mastaba of Ptah-shepses today; off-screen at left is a chamber designed for the burial of a boat.
Ptah-shepses, on a pillar in his tomb.
Ny-ankh-Khnum and Khnum-hotep embrace in their tomb. Photo: Wikipedia.
Mon, 10 June 2013
Sahure, Neferirkare and Raneferef.
The long reign of Sahure now draws to a close, and his son Neferirkare Kakai takes the throne.
The wife of Neferirkare, Khentykaus II, wields enormous influence from her position of power.
But...with the Sun Temples playing a major religious role in this period, how much do they clash with the king's authority?
We investigate these institutions and their impact.
Miroslav Verner. Abusir III: the Pyramid of Khentykaus II. 1995.
Paule Posener-Kriéger. Les Archives du Temple Funéraire de Neferirkare Kakai - Les Papyrous d'Abousir. 1976.