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The Institution of Kingship in Ancient Egypt

"The paper that follows was read at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature on November 18, 1995. Endnotes have been added here. At the time of this meeting, a major reference book had recently appeared in print: Jack M. Sasson (ed.), Civilizations of the Ancient Near East, 4 vols. (New York: Scribner’s, 1995). In it, there is a chapter that constitutes an excellent overview of scholarship on the institution of kingship: Ronald J. Leprohon, “Royal Ideology and State Administration in Pharaonic Egypt,” Vol. I, pp. 273–287. Since this essay was already available, I felt that I should not simply go over the same ground. I thought it would be more helpful to take an approach of my own that could complement Professor Leprohon’s chapter, and to conclude with a fewsuggestions as to the directions that future research could take."

Author(s):  Lorton, David
Format:  Article
Date:  1995