Thu, 29 May 2014
After only 45% of voters turned out for elections, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's interim military leader, is heading for a landslide victory.
Many groups boycotted the election, citing a lack of faith in both major candidates.
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Thu, 22 May 2014
Montuhotep II (Part III) and Nubia.
His rule secured, and Egypt united under one ruler, Nebhepetre Montuhotep II is ready for war once more.
Into Nubia, the Eastern Desert, and Palestine, Egyptian troops advance their king's agenda. These wars will bring plunder and captives back into the kingdom, perhaps stimulating greater productivity in a Nile Valley still recovering from the Long Drought and the conflicts between Thebes and Herakleopolis.
The imy-rah mesha "overseer of troops" Intef. Servant of Montuhotep II.
The King is embraced by Montu. British Museum.
Fragments of the decoration at Deir el-Bahari. Navile, The XIth Dynasty Temple, Vol. 1.
(G) a soldier grasps the leg of his foe, ready to strike.
Egyptian soldiers attack a fortified town, from the tomb of Intef at Thebes. 11th Dynasty (Brown.edu).
Other fragments of the temple, with scenes of fighting. Navile, Vol. 1.
Nubian warriors of the XIth Dynasty. National Geographic.
Montuhotep's Egyptian kingdom.
Lazlo Török. Between Two Worlds. 2009.
Wed, 7 May 2014
Montuhotep II (Part II) and His Court.
The Thebans have finally conquered the North, and defeated their rivals - the Herakleopolitan kings.
Now they must deal with an expanded domain and population, with all the administrative headaches those bring. Monuthotep II, the Victorious, begins to re-organise his government and curb the power of provincial officials.
At Deir el-Bahari, the funerary temple is expanded with beautiful statues. Meanwhile, preparations for the war in Nubia continue, aided by the Vizier Dagi and the royal bodyguard, Horus-Hotep.
A colossal statue of Montuhotep II, from Deir el-Bahari. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Two sons (?) of the Vizier Dagi; from his tomb, near Deir el-Bahari.
Cliff-tombs of the XIth Dynasty at Thebes, near Deir el-Bahari (click for larger image).
In the foreground are the remains of a Saite Period (mid-1st Millennium BCE) temple/tomb.
Red arrows indicate the tomb entrances.
At left can be seen Hatshepsut's mortuary temple of Dynasty XVIII.
Herbert E. Winlock. "The Theban Necropolis in the Middle Kingdom." The American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures. Vol. 32 (1915).