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Aidan Dodson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167164

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167164.001.0001

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The Openers of the Ways

The Openers of the Ways

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(p.33) 5 The Openers of the Ways
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Monarchs of the Nile
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Aidan Dodson

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774167164.003.0005

This chapter explores the Fifth and Sixth dynasties, which seem to have been periods of fairly extensive state-sponsored foreign enterprises, both peaceful and otherwise. A feature of the activities of Fifth Dynasty kings is their building of a sun temple, as well as a pyramid; the former comprised a bulky obelisk, a chapel, and a causeway. The latter part of the Old Kingdom is moreover characterized by the increase in the number and quality of the tombs built at provincial centers by local dignitaries, in particular by the nome governors, or nomarchs. Amid this backdrop the chapter focuses on the reigns of Sahure and the other succeeding Fifth Dynasty kings, as well as the start of the Sixth Dynasty, with a focus on Pepy I and his son (and grandson) Pepy II.

Keywords:   Fifth Dynasty, Sixth Dynasty, Sahure, Pepy I, Pepy II, sun temple, foreign enterprises, administrative change, ancient Egyptian tombs

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