Episode 2: Horus Takes Flight

The Nascent Kingdom.

The Kingdom of Egypt has been established: now we enter a new era. Unfortunately, only fragmentary remains of this period survive today. So, let’s explore…

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A large statue of Kha-sekhem-wy (Source: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

6a017d3e534403970c017d3e92d840970c-800wiThe respective serekhs (royal names, enclosed in a palace) of Peribsen (left) and Khasekhemwy (right). The animals atop these names hint at the ideological leanings, or totemic representation of these kings.


Notable sights of Episode II.


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).