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23
Oct

Egyptology on Facebook

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Announcements

More than 150 Facebook pages and groups dedicated to Egyptology—who knew there were so many?  If you are looking for amazing photography, formal and informal chats with Egyptologists, current and ancient news, or just a good place to hang out with like-minded people, this list should get you started.  Organized by subject and annotated.

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27
Jul

The Pyramid of Pharaoh Unas

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Lower Egypt, Old Kingdom, Pyramids, Saqqara

una-tabThe King is dead, long live the King.

The death of Pharaoh Unas prompted the most fragile transfer of power in the Old Kingdom to date, but it would hardly be the last, or the worst.  Without an heir, or at least one who ascended to the throne, the fact that the crown passed from one dynasty to another peaceably amidst a time of growing turmoil is a testament to what remained of Egypt’s institutions.

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mer-tabIn every recession there are winners and losers.  Meet Chief Justice and Vizier Mereruka, one of the winners.  Even as the kings during his lifetime were building ever-smaller and cheaper pyramids, this officer of the royal court built the Taj Mahal of the Sixth Dynasty.

Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration.  But Mereruka stands out as an excellent example how the power dynamics were shifting as the Old Kingdom entered its twilight years. 

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19
Jul

Blogroll Roundup for July 19, 2009

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Egypt in the News, Living in Louisville!

This is a collection of several Egypt-related stories that appeared this week on some of the blogs I follow.  Find out about a couple of pretty cool discoveries.  See what Zahi Hawass is up to down in Thebes. 

And for my fellow Louisvillians:  Heads up!  There is a wicked King Tut exhibition just two hours away!

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9
Jul

The Pyramid of Pharaoh Khufu

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Lower Egypt, Old Kingdom, Pyramids, The Giza Plateau

khu-tabWhen Pharaoh Khufu set out to trump his father’s pyramid at Meidum he set the bar higher than would ever be achieved again.  Khufu had a reputation for being a cruel and despotic ruler, and ignoring all other speculation about how the Great Pyramid was built, the sheer logistics of completing the project within the presumed timeframe suggests in the very least a classic overachiever.  Whatever else may be true of Khufu, the man knew how to get things done.

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9
Jul

The Pyramid of Pharaoh Khafre

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Lower Egypt, Old Kingdom, Pyramids, The Giza Plateau

kha-tabThe second pyramid built on the Giza Plateau, and the second largest in Egypt, Khafre’s Pyramid takes advantage of its superior location to steal the limelight on the plateau.

Possibly symbolic of a second son who was not his father’s first choice to reign, Khafre’s Pyramid steps forward from the plateau’s horizon as if to say “I will have my day in the sun…”

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9
Jul

Pyramid of Pharaoh Menkaure

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Lower Egypt, Old Kingdom, Pyramids, The Giza Plateau

man-tabPerhaps it would be a stretch to call Menkaure’s Pyramid modest, but it is significantly smaller than those of Khufu and Khafre.  He is recalled much more fondly than his autocratic grandfather and seems to have been less vain than his statue-happy father, although more of his statues survived intact and are of such exquisite craftsmanship as to suggest that maybe quality over quantity was Menkaure’s trademark. 

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