Episode 83: The Brat Pack

Amunhotep II (Part 5)

The pharaoh Amunhotep II (c.1430 BCE) has a reputation for cronyism. He promoted friends and confidants to positions of influence and power, seemingly on the basis of familiarity rather than merit. This contrasts sharply with his father, making Amunhotep appear to be a shift in the politics of the time. What was happening? We find out…


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The tomb of Sen-nefer (all images copyright Osiris.net)


Sen-nefer and his sister Meryt before Osiris and Anubis.


Sen-nefer and his wife, Senet-nay


The amazing ceiling, decorated to look like grape-vines


Sen-nefer and his sister, Meryt.


Peter der Manuelian, Studies in the Reign of Amenophis II, 1987.

M. Eaton-Krauss, “The Fate of Sennefer and Senetnay at Karnak and in the Valley of the Kings,” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 1999.

JJ Shirley, “Crisis and Restructuring of the State: From the End of the Middle Kingdom to the Advent of the Ramesses,” in Ancient Egyptian Administration, 2013.

JJ Shirley, The Culture of Officialdom: An examination of the acquisition of offices during the mid-18th Dynasty, PhD Thesis, 2005.

Osiris.net – the Tomb of Sen-nefer (TT96)