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…

Episode 6: The Ram-God Protects Him

Khufu and the Great Pyramid By 2590 BCE, the Fourth Dynasty is in full swing. Sneferu’s son, Khnum-Khufu now comes to power; like his father, he decides to surpass his predecessor as best as possible. Khufu reigns approx. 24 years, and in that time Egypt’s most famous monument takes shape… We delve into the planning,…

Episode 05: He Who Makes Beautiful Things

The Great King Sneferu By 2610 BCE a new ruler controlled the thrones of Egypt. Neb-maat Sneferu, first ruler of the Fourth Dynasty, was an ambitious and successful monarch. In his reign, Egyptian workers would raise not one but three might pyramids. The development of these monuments was not an easy path and many mistakes were…