Episode 85: A Clash of Princes

A Contest for the Throne

1418 BCE. After the death of Amunhotep II, Egypt was temporarily lacking a King. Now, his two most prominent sons went head to head, in a dispute over who would rule the kingdom. 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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