Mon, 29 July 2013
Djedkare II & Unas the Cannibal.
The last kings of Dynasty V, Djedkare and his son Unas, rule Egypt one after another. In the reign of Unas, we see the appearance of a new form of religious text.
These texts, carved on the walls of the king's tombs, are known as the Pyramid Texts and for Unas, they reveal a complex mythology of union with the gods.
This could be achieved by many means, including cannibalism...
For a vocalisation of the Pyramid Texts of Unas, you can now listen on Youtube! Orlando Mezzabotta, Historian and Youtube poster, has made these works available for free. Thank you, Orlando!
The starving Bedouin of the causeway of Unas' pyramid. Evidence for famine on the frontier?
The Vizier Senedjemib, from his tomb at Giza. Reign of Djedkare. Photo by Dominic Perry.
Wed, 10 July 2013
Djedkare (Part I).
The reigns of Niuserre and Djedkare are notable for the increased visibility of nobles in the state administration. With this new found status comes an increase in the kingdom's literacy rate.
The state administration flourishes, becoming more visible than ever before.
The pyramid of Djedkare at Saqqara.
Wed, 3 July 2013
Niuserre (Part II).
The reign of Niuserre is a time of great achievement and splendour. Outside the royal family, elite families are gaining status and expressing themselves anew.
His short-lived successor, Menkauhor, also appears on the throne. His pyramid may have been rediscovered recently.