By 2610 BCE a new ruler controlled the thrones of Egypt. Neb-maat Sneferu, first ruler of the Fourth Dynasty, was an ambitious and successful monarch. In his reign, Egyptian workers would raise not one but three might pyramids. The development of these monuments was not an easy path and many mistakes were made; but those problems help Egyptologists gain better appreciation of the development and concepts of pyramids themselves.
In this episode, we explore: Sneferu’s three pyramids; his military campaigns; some noteworthy members of the royal family; and life in the Nile Valley, for subjects of the great king.
Time Period: circa 2615 – 2670 BCE.
Notable Sites: Meidum, Dahshur
“Listen to that wind!” The Bent Pyramid on a sunny afternoon, 2019.
Nefer-Ma’at, Rahotep and Neferet
Rahotep (Dominic Perry, 2019)
Nofret (Dominic Perry, 2019)
The Red Pyramid, Sneferu’s third and final attempt (Skip Howard, 2019).
Nicolas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, 1994 (Amazon).
Erik Hornung, Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: the One and the Many, 1996 (Amazon).
Mark Lehner, The Complete Pyramids, 2008 (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).