Episode 85: A Clash of Princes


In 1418 BCE, Amunhotep II died. But he did not leave a clear heir, and the throne could have gone to a number of young princes. Almost immediately, the politicking began. Who would win? Only the Sphinx knew…


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The Great Sphinx of Khafre: the unexpected centre of a political firestorm (Wikipedia).

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The head of the winner, after he became pharaoh (Wikipedia).


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