Ancient Egyptian Kings Summary

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After reading Sherine El-Menshawy’s article entitled, “Notes on the Human Characteristics of Ancient Egyptian Kings”, I found it very interesting. My reason for that is because there are so many theories and opinions of each King. The reasoning for Sherine’s article to be able to get a closer look at this kings and to show us things about them that we have never seen before. I noticed a lot of insight in the article from different people and historians, especially in the first couple of pages discussing King Khufu.
The report by Herodotus says that he was a cruel, harsh ruler and that he would close his palace doors and not want to receive any type of offerings brought to him, instead he would sent out his servants to perform hard labor in the fields. The same report states that he hired a magician to perform magic for his majesty the king. He ordered the magician to behead a “…captive who is in the camp, and inflict the injury on him” (412). But the magician refused to do so and would perform the trick on a goose. Other reporters argued that the king was not so cruel in regards to the magician refusing to perform the trick on a human being. I believe
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The complaint from the peasant in this piece was very intriguing. The king would wait out his actions in order to keep the peasant complain in his “truly beautiful” speech. The king would order his high steward to have the peasant write down his petition for the king to read. This piece shows a lack of justice in King Nebkaure’s ruling in Egypt. The source that is used is very reliable, trust worthy, and very pleasing to read. Some of the other pieces were more difficult to read in regards to the many sources used in those pieces. In this piece, only one source was used and has provided very good insight to the argument that the government in Egypt was

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