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Kingship, Power, and Legitimacy in Ancient Egypt
From the Old Kingdom to the Middle Kingdom


  • Date Published: December 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108830911

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  • In this book, Lisa Sabbahy presents a history of ancient Egyptian kingship in the Old Kingdom and its re-formation in the early Middle Kingdom. Beginning with an account of Egypt's history before the Old Kingdom, she examines the basis of kingship and its legitimacy. The heart of her study is an exploration of the king's constant emphasis on his relationship to his divine parents, the sun god Ra and his mother, the goddess Hathor, who were two of the most important deities backing the rule of a divine king. Sabbahy focuses on the cardinal importance of this relationship, which is reflected in the king's monuments, particularly his pyramid complexes, several of which are analysed in detail. Sabbahy also offers new insights into the role of queens in the early history of Egypt, notably sibling royal marriages, harem conspiracies, and the possible connotations of royal female titles.

    • Offers a complete discussion of Egypt before the old kingdom
    • Incorporates discussion of art and architecture into kinship, offering a well-rounded view of kingship
    • Emphasizes the role of female goddesses, providing a different view of the religion and kingship
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… the book is an important contribution to studies of the Egyptian king and the royal family.' Tara Prakash, African Archaeological Review

    '… an important contribution to studies of the Egyptian king and the royal family … Sabbahy's concise overview of the reigns of important Old and early Middle Kingdom kings will undoubtedly be a useful reference for Egyptologists, graduate students, and scholars interested in royal institutions of the ancient world.' Tara Prakash, African Archaeological Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108830911
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 265 x 190 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Background to Ancient Egypt
    2. The Early Old Kingdom
    3. The Later Old Kingdom
    4. The Early Middle Kingdom Reunifies Egypt
    5. The Beginning of the Twelfth Dynasty

  • Author

    Lisa K. Sabbahy, American University of Cairo
    Lisa K. Sabbahy is assistant professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.

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