Episode 50: Between Two Worlds

Personal and Political Crises in 1776 BCE

Dynasty 12 ends with Egypt’s first fully-fledged female King. Neferu-Sobek rules three years, ten months and twenty-four days, dying in 1776 BCE.

With her death, a 205-year legacy comes to an end, and Egypt’s ruling household is now held by a new family. 

In a departure from our recent political narrative, we explore this period thematically, through a text called the Man Who Was Tired of Life

Note: the translation is not my own, but the interpretation is. For translations and commentaries, see below. While I diverge from some of these commentaries, their overall value is certainly worthwhile.

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

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

Nicolas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, 1994.

Sources for The Man Who Was Tired of Life:

Ramond O. Faulkner, “The Man Who Was Tired of Life,” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 1956.