sixth dynasty

A Friendly Warning

Michael reclined into the cold black leather chair, crossing his legs whilst thoughtfully loading the black revolver he borrowed from Tommy’s desk. He knew better than this, he was brought up better than this, this was something Tommy would do.

Upon fully loading, the door flung open and a set of heavy footsteps followed by a sickly wheeze began to enter the gloomy office. Michael remained still as a grossly overweight and balding man came into view, watching as he grasped the office chair whilst attempting to catch his breath.

“You ought to see someone for that wheeze Mr Shingley .” Michael finally spoke up, his voice level and emotionless.

“Who’s that? Who’s there?” Mr Shingley called out as he oafishly spun around.

Ignoring his questions, Michael began to walk around the room picking up an unusual sculpture with one hand whilst his gun hung down beside him in his other.

“Be careful with that! That is a very rare and expensive artefact dating back to the sixth dynasty of Egypt during the reign of Pepi the second.”

Michael set the sculpture back on the shelf. “It’s not nice when someone touches something they shouldn’t, is it?” He questioned, condescendingly pointing the gun towards him.

Mr Shingleys eyes grew wide as he noticed the gun for the first time. “I…..I…..I’m not sure what you mean.”

“You touched her Mr Shingley, you put your dirty greasy hands on my fiancée, your secretary. This is a friendly warning.” Michael explained poking the gun into the mans chest. “If you dare to touch her or even look at her with intent again I will make sure your head decorates this room. Do we have an understanding?”

“Y….y…..yes yes we do.” He answered, his voice quivering as his forehead poured with sweat.

Walking towards the door Michael glanced back around giving him one last look.

“Good, I’m glad I made myself clear. Good evening to you Mr Shingley.”

Caster (Nitocris)

The apparent last pharaoh of the sixth dynasty who may have been the sister of Merenre Nemtyemsaf II. When her brother was killed, she invited his murders to a banquet and drowned them by sealing the room and letting in the Nile. After she had killed them, she escaped vengeance by committing suicide by jumping into a room of hot ashes, where she suffocated or burned alive.

She was also believed by some scholars including the historian Manetho, to be exceedingly beautiful and was also credited for building the third pyramid of Giza but this is now considered as a mistake because her throne name, Menkara had been misread by Manetho as Menkaura.

In two of Lovecraft’s stories, ‘The Outsider’ and ‘Imprisoned with the Pharaohs’, Nitocris was mentioned as an evil queen who ruled over monsters and ghouls.

The Conceptualisation of Death and the Afterlife in ancient Egypt

Death was very much present in and a part of ancient Egyptian daily life. From an Egyptian religious point of view, ultimate death, or non-existence, was the worst fate imaginable. Avoiding this fate was the common thread in funerary culture throughout the history of ancient Egypt. To a Western mind this may seem an “obsession” with death, while in reality it was rather a preoccupation with life in all its forms. Although the ancient Egyptian concepts of the afterlife were subject to change over the course of its roughly 6 millennia of history, I’ll attempt to give you a “quick and dirty” overview below. (Though to be honest, I doubt I can keep this below 2,000 words.) I’ll tackle Pharaonic history – that is to say, the period roughly between 2700 and 1000 BC, since that is my area of expertise.

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brooklynboos  asked:

hi there! i asked mythaelogy this question and they sent me your way so here we are: do you have any fave underrated women in egyptian mythology / history? as in, women that may not be all that well known / understood by a mainstream audience?

ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT YES omg sorry i love this question i love my egyptian girls they are fantastic. so i think that the most well known egyptian ladies are cleopatra, nefertiti, hatshepsut, and then for the goddesses it’s mainly the likes of isis and maybe hathor and bastet? but the underrated women are incredible too

  • nitocris: one of my favourites. no one is quite sure whether she’s a myth or not, but ‘as the story goes’ nitocris’ brother was the pharaoh and was murdered julius caesar style by his trusted advisers. then nitocris prepared this huge banquet for all of them and then flooded the room with the fucking nile. apparently she then ran into a burning room so that she would be executed. she’s also rumored to be the last pharaoh of the sixth dynasty? unsure, but she’s so cool regardless.
  • tiye: okay, where is my gritty political film about the armana dynasty and their tumultuous rule? tiye is probably better known as the mother of akhenaten, or the mother in law of nefertiti. tiye was absolutely incredible, and is definitely my favourite of the women i mention here. she was incredibly smart and strong willed, and commanded the respect of foreign dignitaries so much, that they would do business through her and not her husband. she played a huge part in international relations and was the first queen to have her name signed on official acts. she was the fierce woman king who was greatly protective of her family. even when her son took the throne after his father, she still played a massive part in egyptian political life, and was depicted in paintings as still being a very active member of akhenaten and nefertiti’s family. she outlived her husband by several years and just continued being a badass till she died.
  • nut: the sky goddess. i just wanted to mention her b/c from a classicists point of view, she’s so interesting? in most other mythologies, the primordial sky deity is most often male, greek/roman have ouranos/uranus, maori have rangi, vidic has dyaus pita, celtic has latobius, even christianity has a god called ‘lord of the heavens’ it’s such an accepted part of mythology that there is a sky father and an earth mother. but then the egyptians give everyone the middle finger and make a sky ‘female’ and the earth ‘male’ which i just think is pretty cool.
  • sekhmet and serket: the lion goddess of war and the scorpion goddess of poison. i love these two because they are absolutely cut throat!! egypt had a thing for producing women who were the most dangerous things in the universe, and sekhmet is no exception. she was also the goddess of fire, and her breath created the desert. she was married to the god of healing which was said to balance her out, but she was still the most feared goddess. serket on the other hand was less feared. she was said to be a protector from the evil snake god apep because not only could she poison, but she could also cure poison, and was said to only sting ‘bad people’.
  • sobekneferu: the first #confirmed female pharaoh. there’s the possibility of nitocris ruling before her, but that’s not confirmed. she’s speculated to be the woman who adopted moses, though that’s not really clear either. what is clear, is that she was pretty cool, and furthered the conquests of her father. there were also several courts that claimed to be descended from her, most importantly the dragon court. sobekneferu started a practice in which the early kings were called dragons or ‘messiah’. in fact, the whole idea of a messiah and the idea of conception without sex actually started in egypt with isis giving birth to horus but that’s kinda off topic.

anyway, this list is getting a bit long, but these are my girls!! thank you so much for the question!

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Large Egyptian Boat Model and Crew, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty XI-XII, C. 2134-1782 BC

Made of wooden polychrome stucco, this large and exceptional boat model, accompanied by its crew, is a perfect illustration of grave goods dating from the First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom. These models appear as early as the sixth dynasty (c. 2350 BC) and have the same meaning as the scenes carved on the walls of the tombs of the Old Kingdom with the aim to provide for the deceased in his or her afterlife. At nearly 60 inches long, this particular model is one of the largest known boats in existence.

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Ancient Worlds - BBC Two 

Episode 1 “Come Together”

Limestone Kudurru (boundary stone, 11th century BC) from the reign of Marduk-nadin-ahhe -Babylonian king, the sixth of the Second Dynasty of Isin. He was the brother of the famous NebuchadrezzarI and pursued his brother’s policy of extending Babylonian influence. The final years of the king were troubled by numerous incursions of enemies, severe famines and droughts. The circumstances of his death are not known; according to Assyrian sources, he “disappeared.”

The kudurru consists of a block of black limestone, rising to a point. It has been rubbed down on four sides to take inscriptions, and the upper portion, from the point where it begins to taper, is carved with symbols. Larger symbols are resting on the serpent’s body and on the ledge above the inscription, some animals like a sitting dog, a bird on perch, a horned dragon, a ram-headed crook upon shrine and a goat-fish and.

The cuneiform inscription contains a deed recording a grant of land by Marduk-nadin-ahhe to Adad-zer-ikisha in return for services rendered during a campaign against Assyria. An addition to the text records that the king subsequently confirmed the gift under his own seal.

British Museum, London, UK