Episode 10: A Temple To The Sun

The Fifth Dynasty Begins.


The end of the Fourth Dynasty comes with the reigns of Shepseskaf and his brother, Userkaf.

These two rulers are guided (or led?) by their mother, Khentykaus I.

We also amend some of our conclusions from the previous episode.

Userkaf, first ruler of the Fifth Dynasty, initiates a significant new institution: the Sun Temple.

The deification of the king proceeds aided by the rise of Osiris.


[Right] The Pyramid of Userkaf, near the Step Pyramid of Djoser [left].

The monuments seen from the north, showing the terrible state of Userkaf's tomb.