Episode 47: Strong Ruler(s)

Senuseret III (Part V): Bean Counters, Surveyors and Gossips

From 1865-45 BCE Egypt is quiet. Senuseret III comes to the end of his reign in either regnal year 19, or regnal year 35(ish). The throne soon passes to his son, but things get a bit…complicated first.

We meet Heqa-nakht, a rural landlord who left us with a magnificent insight into his personal and business life.

We also meet Neferu-Ptah, easily the most enigmatic woman of the Twelfth Dynasty, and the Middle Kingdom as a whole.

Maps - Map Archive D12 Defences


Amenemhat III (Source: Wikipedia and the Neues Museum, Berlin).


View kewellery of the Egyptian Twelfth Dynasty  at wikimedia

Highlights include…

Necklace of Senebetisi
Necklace of Neferu-Ptah.
Relief of Neferu-Ptah, with her name in a cartouche (wikimedia).
Bead girdle of Senebetisi

Medinet Maadi under excavation (Source: Medinet Maadi Tourism/Excavation Website).

One of the letters written by Heqa-nakht. Written in hieratic, a cursive script of hieroglyphics (Source: the Metropolitan Museum of Art).


Wolfram Grajetzki, The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, 2006.

Aidan Dodson and Dyan Hilton, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, 2010.

Josef Wegner, “A Group of Miniature Royal Sarcophagi from South Abydos,” in Millions of Jubilees: Studies in Honor of David P. Silverman, 2010 (Read online free at Academia.edu).

UCL Website – Amenemhat III.

SLU Website – Amenemhat III.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Martin/USA says:

    The file for Episode 47 doesn’t seem to exist. I was unable to download it, although I was able to get 46 and 48-50. I have much appreciated 1-45. (P.S. Please try to avoid non-metric units such as feet and miles. Even here in the U.S., we are trying to wean ourselves off such incoherent units. But Egyptian cubits are acceptable for historical purposes!)

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Martin; I have re-linked the original Libsyn upload. It should work now?

  2. Kathie Moritis says:

    Don’t want to be picky but I thought you’d want to know you have a typo on Episode 47 telling us to “View Kewellery…”
    PS Love the podcast! Love the Kewellery too!

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Thank you! Always glad to know typos/errors

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