Episode 32: The Repeating of Births

Amenemhat I (Part One): the Prophecy of Neferty

The new ruler of Upper and Lower Egypt, Amenemhat I, has seized power after his predecessor’s death. Now, Amenemhat must make himself legitimate. To do this, the King commissions a laudatory work, the Prophecy of Neferty, to justify his rule.

Meanwhile a courtier named Khnum-hotep establishes a new lineage of provincial governers at Menat-Khufu (Minya), near modern Beni Hasan.

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A door-lintel of Amenemhat I (Metropolitan Museum of Art)


The tomb of Khnum-hotep II, grandson of Khnum-hotep I, at Beni Hassan (Wikipedia)


Wolfram Grajetzki. Court Officials of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom. 2009.

Gay Robins. The Art of Ancient Egypt. 2008.