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Ancient EgyptState and Society$
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Alan B. Lloyd

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199286188.001.0001

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(p.65) 3 Kingship
Ancient Egypt

Alan B. Lloyd

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the most significant institutional creation of Egypt's prehistoric cultures, i.e. kingship, the pivotal institution of Egyptian society and the embodiment of the Pharaonic state system throughout its history. It examines the concept of divine kingship which embraces both the concept of the divinity of the king in life and death, and the distance between that conceptualization and the ways in which that divinity did or did not impact on those who came into contact with it.

Keywords:   prehistoric Egypt, kingship, Pharoanic state system, king, life, death, divinity

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