Episode 15: The Enduring Ka

Djedkare (Part I): the Philosophy of Rule (c. 2414 BCE) A shift in social relationships between royalty and elite families is well underway: the Viziers are now born not of royalty, but of wealthy families who gain prominence through loyal service to the king. This new class of administrators begin to develop and express their philosophies…

Episode 14: The Joy of Re’s Heart

  Niuserre (Part II): Hasty Burials, and Elite Culture Coming to the throne after the premature death of his brother, Niuserre Ini must rapidly complete his predecessor’s burial. He must also complete the pyramid of their father, Neferirkare Kakai, and put his own pyramid into the works – a difficult task to handle all at once…  Direct…

Episode 10: A Temple to the Sun

The Fifth Dynasty Ascends Shepseskaf ends the Fourth Dynasty, and his brother Userkaf begins a new one. How do we define the end of one “period” and the beginning of another? In this case, it is through the advent of a new kind of monument… The Sun Temples of Dynasty V are unique in the Old Kingdom, and set…