Second Dynasty, Warring Gods.
The second phase of royal history, Dynasty 2, is more mysterious than the first. From 2850 – 2700 BCE, a shadow fell across the land: economic and climate disruption, rebellions and even civil war. In the midst of disorder, a legend tells of two gods who fought for the throne and soul of Egypt…
- Time period: 2850 – 2700 BCE.
- Kings: Peribsen, Khasekhemwy.
- Notable sites: Saqqara, Abydos
A statue often attributed to Khasekhemwy (Wikimedia).
The Enclosure Wall(s) of Khasekhemwy’s Mortuary Complex, Abydos (Dominic Perry, 2019).
Between the inner and outer walls of Khasekhemwy’s enclosure; inner wall is recessed to simulate the palace wall (Dominic Perry, 2019).
Inside the enclosure of Khasekhemwy (Dominic Perry, 2019).
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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).