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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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Government of the Kingdom

Government of the Kingdom

(p.137) 5 Government of the Kingdom
Ancient Egypt

Alan B. Lloyd

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the evolution of the administrative machinery through which the Egyptian state operated to determine the ways in which the power of Pharaoh was articulated within the kingdom at large and, at some periods, beyond its frontiers. Royal authority was exercised through two main mechanisms: a central administration based on a palace located in the capital city and a provincial system integrated with it that could be organized in a variety of ways, depending on the period in question.

Keywords:   Pharaonic Egypt, Egyptian state, Pharaonic power, Pharoah, government system, state control, central administration, provincial system, palace

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