Djedkare Izezi (Part II) & Unas: the Cannibal Hymn The reign of Djedkare comes to an end after nearly forty years of rule. His successor, Unas, oversees some important theological and artistic developments. The Pyramid Texts make their appearance in this reign, carved on the walls of Unas' tomb at Saqqara (Read them all, wall by wall, [...]

Djedkare Izezi (Part I): the Philosophy of Rule The shift in social relationships between royalty and elite families is well underway. The Viziers are now born not of royalty, but of wealthy families who gain prominence through loyal service to the king. "Merit," not blood, now dominates the kings' perspective on governance. The new class of [...]