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.
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