Episode 50: Between Two Worlds

Crises of 1776 BCE

Dynasty 12 ends with a remarkable twist: Neferu-Sobek, a woman, takes the throne and rules as a King. Her reign lasts three years, ten months, and twenty-four days, ending in 1776 BCE. With her death, a 205-year-old legacy comes to an end, and the Middle Kingdom passes from our story.

We explore these tumultuous times through a famous text: The Man Who Was Tired of Life.


All images wikimedia unless otherwise noted.

Cylinder inscription, with Sobek-Neferu in cartouche.




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

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

Nicolas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, 2006.

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

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