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Miroslav Verner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167904

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167904.001.0001

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Turbulent Times at the Turn of Two Dynasties3

Turbulent Times at the Turn of Two Dynasties3

(p.35) 2 Turbulent Times at the Turn of Two Dynasties3

Miroslav Verner

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter discusses the turbulent times in Egypt at the turn of the Fourth and Fifth dynasties. The end of the Fourth Dynasty and the ascent of the Fifth Dynasty are both surrounded by many questions and uncertainties concerning not only the ruling line but also conditions in Egyptian society in general. The chapter provides an overview of the ruling royal line, its protagonists, and their role in a time of complex and profound social change in Egypt. It also examines the main features of the relevant social processes and the nature of the changes within a wider historical framework of Egypt since its unification. It shows that the transition from the Fourth to the Fifth Dynasty was accompanied by new forces that kings could not entirely control.

Keywords:   kings, Egypt, Fourth Dynasty, Fifth Dynasty, social change, unification

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