Episode 8: That Which I Own

Menkaure and the Egyptian Economy


The death of Khafre sees his elder son Menkaure take the throne. 

His pyramid, the third and smallest of Giza, reveals the strain on the Egyptian economy.

We discuss the economic nature of the Egyptian state and its relationship to the people.

Menkaure's Triad Statues: Hathor at [our] left, a nome goddess at right.

The Pyramid of Menkaure viewed from the courtyard of his mortuary temple. 

The Pyramid of Menkaure, viewed from Khafre's pyramid.

The gash in the side is the remnant of a twelfth century attempt to demolish the pyramid.

Workers struggled for eight months to tear the stones down, but only succeeded in removing these few.

Egyptian building practices win the day!