Tue, 28 July 2015
Political and Personal Crisis in 1776
Dynasty 12 ends with Egypt's first fully-fledged female King. Neferu-Sobek rules three years, ten months and twenty-four days, dying in 1776 BCE.
With her death, a 205-year legacy comes to an end, and Egypt's ruling household is now held by a new family.
In a departure from our recent political narrative, we explore this period thematically, through a text called the Man Who Was Tired of Life.
Neferu-Sobek, Egypt's first Woman King.
Sources for The Man Who Was Tired of Life:
Ramond O. Faulkner, "The Man Who Was Tired of Life," Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 1956.
Sun, 12 July 2015
From Byblos to Nubia
The nine-year reign of Maacheru-Re Amenemhat IV are unremarkable, but Egypt is entering into a fascinating period of international visibility. Foreigners from Canaan are moving into the country in larger and larger numbers, and will eventually cause enormous disruptions in the political world. We explore their origins and their culture...
A gold plaque of Maacherure, discovered at Beirut (Lebanon), near Byblos. Maacherure Amenemhat IV offers oils to Atum, the Creator.
A scarab of Amenemhat III and Maacherure.
Scarabs from Canaan, showing the Egyptian hieroglyphs and tropes which filtered into the country over time. (Source: Lippke, 2011).
Amethyst items produced during the Middle Kingdom.
Top: a hippopotamus.
Below: a scarab.
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