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Pyramid of Djedkare Isesi
Djedkare's pyramid
Djedkare Isesi was an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh, the eighth ruler of the Fifth Dy
nasty in the late 25th century to mid 24th century BCE, during the Old Kingdom p
eriod. He likely enjoyed a reign of over 40 years, which heralded a new period i
n the history of the Old Kingdom. Breaking with a tradition followed by his pred
ecessors since the time of Userkaf, Djedkare did not build a temple to the sun g
od Ra, possibly reflecting the rise of Osiris in the Egyptian pantheon. More sig
nificantly, Djedkare effected comprehensive reforms of the Egyptian state admini
stration, the first undertaken since the inception of the system of ranking titl
es. He also reorganised the funerary cults of his forebears buried in the necrop
olis of Abusir and reformed the corresponding priesthood. Djedkare commissioned
expeditions to Sinai to procure copper and turquoise, to Nubia for its gold and
diorite and to the Land of Punt for its incense. One such expedition had what co
uld be the earliest recorded instance of oracular divination that aimed to ensur
e an expedition's success. (Full article...)
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