Kingship in the Old Kingdom

with Dr. Miroslav Barta

Kingship in Ancient Egypt: The Old Kingdom: Episode 1

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In this episode: 

The Djoser's Pyramid: Czech Institute of Egyptology, Charles University

Professor Miroslav Barta will be talking about kingship during the Egyptian Old Kingdom. He will introduce us to the most prominent roles of an Egyptian king, the position of the king within the hierarchy of being, the role of the elite in the perpetuation and upkeep of kingship, and the role played by the king in the decline of the state at the end of the 6th Dynasty. He will also talk to us about who built the pyramids and will introduce us to the lesser-known pyramids of the 5th and 6th Dynasties. 


About Miroslav Barta:

Barta is a Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist who studied for his Ph.D. in both Prague and Hamburg between 1994 and 1997 and has been professor of Egyptology at Charles University, Prague since 2009. In 2011 he was appointed Director of the Czech excavations at the Abusir Pyramid Field. Since 2016 he has been the director of the Czech Institute of Egyptology in Prague. Professor Barta specializes in the archaeology and history of the third millennium B.C. He authored and co-authored more than twenty monographs and collective volumes and over a hundred scientific papers. 

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