Mini Episode: Prince of Beers

Eternal Lovers: Rahotep and Nofret

Around 2590 BCE the Prince Rahotep was appointed to one of the best jobs ever: quality-controller of beer production. To celebrate, we crack open a cold one and explore the brewing business in Old Kingdom Egypt.

Rahotep was commemorated in a magnificent statue, where he sits with his wife Nofret. Apart from being a beautiful example of Old Kingdom sculpture, the image also reveals a few things about the couple’s lives…

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05b. Rahotep 3

The elegant couple, in the Cairo Museum.

05b. beer making

A beer maker, wooden model.


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).