The new ruler of Upper and Lower Egypt, Amenemhat I, has seized power after his predecessor’s death. But can a coup be justified in a divine monarchy? Without the “Mandate of Heaven” (to borrow a Chinese concept), Amenemhat must make himself legitimate.
Enter the new propagandists. The King commissions a laudatory work, the Prophecy of Neferty, based around the “foretellings” of a fictional sage supposedly living in the Fourth Dynasty.
Meanwhile a courtier named Khnum-hotep establishes a new lineage of provincial governers at Menat-Khufu (Minya), near modern Beni Hasan.
A door-lintel of Amenemhat I (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The tomb of Khnum-hotep II, grandson of Khnum-hotep I, at Beni Hassan (Source: Wikipedia)