Episode 11: Off To Punt We Go

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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 series of representations.

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Bibliography

Tarek el-Awady, Abusir XVI: Sahure – the Pyramid Causeway, 2009.

Gay Robins, The Art of Ancient Egypt, 2008.

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  1. Duamutef's top-dog, Derek says:

    Prior to this lesson, the name of Sahure equated to nothing more than palm🌴 capital Aswan red granite columns (they’re in his pyramid’s temple complex) in my mind, as I had no knowledge whatsoever of his rule or his deeds. Now, at least on a basic level, I know some info about him. No longer are these kings of old no more to me than just those monuments they had crafted for themselves; actual people who did actual things are coming into shape the more I listen this podcast (although their monuments are still pretty darn cool, hehe)🙂

    As for Punt, the only Pharaoh I could remember learning about going there was Hatshepsut, & the only reason I remembered about her travels there was because of the Queen of Punt, &, let’s face it, the Queen of Punt is quite an unforgettable figure!😆

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