Episode 51: Everywhere and Nowhere


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.


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).


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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.