Episode 51: Everywhere and Nowhere

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Invisible Kings in Dynasty XIII

The 13th Dynasty begins in 1786 BCE, with the reign of Sobek-Hotep I. This king, like the fifty who follow him, is nearly invisible in the archaeological record.

Why?

We meet Sobek-Hotep and his successors, the great crocodile god Sobek after whom the king named himself, and visit with an excellent philosophical tale, the Tale of the Eloquent Peasant.

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The smiling face of King Amenemhat V, one of the fifty short-lived kings of Dynasty XIII (Image: Wikipedia).

The crocodile god Sobek, in his human-bodied form (Image: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University).

Sobek on the walls of Kom Ombo, a temple of the Greek-Roman period (Image: Wilkinson, 2003).

Bibliography

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.

W.K. Simpson (editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2006. PDF Copy at Archive.org.

Toby Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, 2003.

W.K. Simpson (editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2006. PDF Copy at Archive.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Martin says:

    The Listen/Download square to download Episode 51 is missing. 50 and 52 are there.

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Thanks Martin, silly oversight on my part 😉

      The button is added now.

      (I am also aware that I misspeak in the intro, and refer to it as Episode 50, rather than 51 – will fix).

  2. arielmelton says:

    A late, late, late comment:
    I am a newcomer to your podcast and am very grateful to you for it. I was excited to find a short film of “The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant” from 1960. Even though it’s in Arabic (a language I do not speak) I could follow the story, based on your beautiful telling of it, while watching a recreation of the period. It’s available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_U9kgI2UFg&t=720s

    I’ve been binge-listening and and will be supporting your efforts as soon as payday rolls around. 😉

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Ariel,

      Thanks for listening! I did not know that film existed – I will have to check it out!

      Best regards,
      Dominic

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