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Ancient Egypt
1. Introduction
2. People
3. Life styles
4. Culture
5. Education and Science
6. Society
7. Economy
8. Government
9. Cities and Villages
10. Language
11. Religion
12. Kings / periods
13. History
14. Map



























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Sahure



Statue of Sahure with his queen.
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Statue of Sahure with his queen (click to see).

The 5th Dynasty kings built the finest temples, in front of the pyramids. The pyramids were smaller than those of other Old Kingdom dynasties. Abu Sir, Egypt.
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The 5th Dynasty kings built the finest temples, in front of the pyramids. The pyramids were smaller than those of other Old Kingdom dynasties. Abu Sir, Egypt.

The pyramid of Sahure, the pyramid of Nyuserre in the back. Abu Sir, Egypt.
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The pyramid of Sahure with the pyramid of Nyuserre in the back.

King of Ancient Egypt, 2nd ruler of the 5th Dynasty, ruling 2491-2475 BCE, 16 years.
He was son of Queen Khentkawes 1 and most likely King Userkaf.
From his reign, we have the first documented expedition to Punt. Sahure is accredited with creating the first Egyptian navy.
He is believed to have built a sun temple, dedicated to Re.
Sahure was the first king to built a pyramid at Abu Sir, being 47 metres high, thereby beginning a new burial ground midway between Giza and Saqqara. The pyramid, as well as the succeeding of the dynasty, represents a decline in construction techniques. Its inner core is made from roughly hewn stones in a step construction which in many sections was held together with a mortar of mud. Still his complex has many details, especially reliefs, of excellent quality.
He was preceded by Userkaf and succeeded by his brother, Neferirkare.





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By Tore Kjeilen