Episode 2: Horus Takes Flight

The Nascent Kingdom.

The Kingdom of Egypt has been established: now we can explore its first historical phase. The First Dynasty rulers (Aha, Djer, Wadjet, Merneith, Den and more) were accomplished rulers. They left impressive remains…

  • Time period: circa 3000-2900 BCE
  • Kings: Aha, Djer, Wadjet, Mer-Neith, Den.
  • Notable sites: Abdju (Abydos), Nekhen (Hierakonpolis), Saqqara (necropolis of Memphis).
  • Gods: Horus, Neith

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The reconstructed house of a potter at Nekhen (Hierakonpolis), c.3200 BCE.

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A seal listing the first rulers of the Kingdom. Left to right: Narmer, AhaDjer, Wadjet, Den and Merneith.

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A bracelet possibly belonging to King Djer, found in his tomb at Abydos along with a skeletal arm (now lost). Dominic Perry, 2019.
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A comb belonging to Den (Dominic Perry, 2019).
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Ivory labels from jars that once contained oil – Dynasty 1 (Dominic Perry, 2019).
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A stone bowl inscribed with names of the early kings; reign of Qa’a – end of Dynasty 1 (Dominic Perry, 2019).

Bibliography

Erik Hornung, Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: the One and the Many, 1996 (Amazon).

John Romer, A History of Egypt: from the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid, 2013 (Amazon).

Toby Wilkinson, Early Dynastic Egypt, 2001 (Amazon).

David Wengrow, The Archaeology of Early Egypt, 2006 (Amazon).

Robert Wenke, The Ancient Egyptian State, 2009 (Amazon).

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