The First Intermediate (Part II): A Kingdom Divided The House of Khety still rules the North, but now its authority is challenged by a family of newcomers. In the city of Waset (Thebes), the new House of Intef has arisen to prominence, and they are willing to fight for prestige, wealth and power. King Merykare of [...]

The First Intermediate Period (Part I): Collapse? We jump slightly in time. By 2100 BCE Pepy II is gone, and with him the last securely-documented reign of the Old Kingdom. A succession of short-reigning kings (and a ruling queen?) see out the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Dynasties. The last two are so ephemeral that we [...]