Episode 8: That Which I Own

Menkaura

Menkaure and the Third Giza Pyramid

The furious work at Giza continues, as Khafre’s son Menkaure takes the throne. Opting for a smaller – but more exquisitely constructed – monument, the new king’s reign heralds the more moderate phase of pyramid construction.

The small size of this monument may reflect the strain being placed on the Egyptian economy, a system not particularly similar to our own. We investigate.

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An alabaster head of Menkaure, discovered in his Valley Temple at Giza (Source: the Boston Museum of Fine Arts).

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A restored statue of Menkaure, discovered in pieces at Giza and restored between 1907 and 1935 (Source: the Boston Museum of Fine Arts). Read about the restoration and modern conservation of this project at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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The monument of Khafre, viewed from the mortuary temple adjoining its eastern face (Source: the author, 2013).

JsFG86hThe pyramid of Menkaure viewed from the north-east; the large gash in its size resulted from an attempt at deconstruction by a medieval ruler – it failed badly (Source: the author, 2013).

Bibliography

Barry J. Kemp, Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization, 2006 (2nd Edition).

Mark Lehner, The Complete Pyramids, 2008.

Ian Shaw (editor), The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, 2004.

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