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Classroom TUTorial Kingship

Classroom TUTorial Kingship

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Published by Mohamed Marghany
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http://desertegyptsafari.com
Egypty tours is a well established, dynamic and reputable company fully specialized in incoming tourism services in Egypt. With over 25 years experience in the tourism industry, our management guarantees the highest quality professional travel services in the country. With a variety of standard travel packages and the ability to customize trips to meet all your clients' needs, our company will make your millionth trip to Egypt as interesting and intriguing as the first.

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Published by: Mohamed Marghany on May 31, 2011
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, Egypt was unifed under one king. From its very beginning,the concept o kingship outlined a number o roles and responsibilitiesor the all-powerul ruler. He protected Egypt rom oreign invasion andinternal uprising; he controlled a large and extensive government bureaucracy; butfrst and oremost the king served as an intermediary between the people o ancientEgypt and their gods. Considered semi-divine, the king played an essential rolein the continuation o the cosmos, and participated in ceremonies and rituals toappease the deities.As bearer o a divine ofce, celestial power was embodied in the king, settinghim apart rom ordinary human beings. Mythically, the living king was a humanmaniestation o the god Horus, and the son o the deities Isis and Osiris. As such,the king battled Seth, his uncle and the brother o Osiris, or control o the throne.The Egyptians envisioned this mythical competition as a metaphor or the strugglebetween order and chaos. This Horus/Osiris myth also served as the prototypeor ideal accession to the throne—rom ather to son, rom Osiris to Horus.While living the king was associated with Horus. At his death, he became the godo the Underworld, Osiris.Because o the king’s special semi-divine role, he had to perorm certain tasks orthe gods in order to keep them content. I the gods were appeased, then the worldwould continue unctioning. One o these tasks was to maintain order by deendingEgypt against oreign invaders. In Egyptian art, the king is oten depicted smitingthe enemies o Egypt, symbolizing his power over them.The image o a king ritualistically bashing the head o a oreigner was a powerulsymbol rom the beginning o Egyptian history, seen frst in the amous NarmerPalette. The king holds a weapon in his raised right hand and a submissive,kneeling enemy o Egypt by the hair in his let. The smiting scene remained a potentvisual image throughout Egyptian history. A Middle Kingdom example o KingAmenemhat
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smiting enemies is eatured in
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
on the pectoral o Mereret (see the
Pectoral of Mereret 
 
pdf
or Power Point or an in depth exploration o this piece).
left
 
Osiris, the god ofthe underworld
right
Narmer Palette.This relief carvingdates to around3200 BC and ison display in theCairo Museum.
far
 
right
Pectoral of Mereret
Kingshipin AncientEgypt

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