Episode 11: Off To Punt We Go

Sahure and the Royal Fleet’s Great Expedition Userkaf passes the throne to his son, Sahure (“One Who is Close to Re”). For the first time in recorded history, a royal fleet is dispatched from Egypt’s Red Sea ports to visit the land of Punt. To commemorate the expedition, the king orders that his pyramid causeway be decorated in a lavish…

Episode 10: A Temple to the Sun

The Fifth Dynasty Ascends Shepseskaf ends the Fourth Dynasty, and his brother Userkaf begins a new one. How do we define the end of one “period” and the beginning of another? In this case, it is through the advent of a new kind of monument… The Sun Temples of Dynasty V are unique in the Old Kingdom, and set…