What a king is this: Narmer and the concept of the ruler

Wilkinson, Toby (2000) What a king is this: Narmer and the concept of the ruler. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 86 . pp. 23-32. ISSN 0305-4403

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Abstract

Narmer, the best-attested Egyptian king from the period of state formation, reigned at a time of great social and political change, a time when the modes of self-expression and the mechanisms of rule employed by the governing elite were undergoing rapid and radical reformulation. In other words, Narmer presided over a crucial transition in the concept of the ruler. His reign displays certain features characteristic of Egypt's prehistoric past, but also some early examples of the new forms that were to distinguish pharaonic civilisation. A recognition of this dichotomy brings new insights into the meaning of Narmer's name, the artistic significance of his famous palette, and the identification of the early royal tombs at Abydos.

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Keywords:Egypt
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V410 Egyptology
Divisions:Professional services > Vice Chancellors Office
ID Code:31498
Deposited On:13 Aug 2018 15:19

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