Towards a New History for the Egyptian Old Kingdom

Perspectives on the Pyramid Age


The Pyramid Age represents the first of several highpoints in ancient Egypt’s long history. But critical questions remain about the period, its social structure and economic organization, and the long-term implications of its artistic achievements. On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Journal of Egyptian History, The University of British Columbia, Harvard University, and Brill Academic Publishers, Boston, held a conference at Harvard University on April 26, 2012. A distinguished group of Egyptological scholars from around the world gathered to consider new perspectives on the Pyramid Age; the results are presented here.

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Peter Der Manuelian, Ph.D. (1990), is Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology, Harvard University, and director of the Harvard Semitic Museum. Among other works, he is the author of Digital Giza; Giza Mastabas 8; and Slab Stelae of the Giza Necropolis.

Thomas Schneider, Dr.phil. (1996), Habilitation (1999), is Professor of Egyptology and Near Eastern Studies at the University of British Columbia. His main areas of research are Egyptian interconnections with the ancient Near East, Egyptian history and chronology, and the history of Egyptology.
Series Introduction
Chapter 1 Ancient Egyptian History as an example of Punctuated Equilibrium: An Outline Miroslav Bárta
Chapter 2 Economic Implications of the Menkaure Triads Florence Dunn Friedman
Chapter 3 Did the Old Kingdom Collapse?: A New View of the First Intermediate Period John Gee
Chapter 4 The Chronology of the Third and Fourth Dynasties according to Manetho’s Aegyptiaca Roman Gundacker
Chapter 5 The Entextualization of the Pyramid Texts and the Religious History of the Old Kingdom Harold M. Hays†
Chapter 6 Shareholders: The Menkaure Valley Temple Occupation in Context Mark Lehner
Chapter 7 Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition Contributions to Old Kingdom History at Giza: Some Rights and Wrongs Peter Der Manuelian
Chapter 8 Cattle, Kings and Priests: Phyle Rotations and Old Kingdom Civil Dates John S. Nolan
Chapter 9 The Sed-Festival of Niuserra and the Fifth Dynasty Sun Temples Massimiliano Nuzzolo
Chapter 10 The State of Egypt in the Eighth Dynasty Hratch Papazian
Chapter 11 The Old Kingdom Abroad: An Epistemological Perspective With Remarks on the Biography of Iny and the Kingdom of Dugurasu Thomas Schneider
Chapter 12 The Dawn of Osiris and the Dusk of the Sun-Temples: Religious History at the End of the Fifth Dynasty Racheli Shalomi-Hen
Chapter 13 Centralized Taxation during the Egyptian Old Kingdom Leslie Anne Warden
All interested in Egyptology, Egyptian archaeology, history, art history, philology, kingship, and anthropology