Djedkare Isesi

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Djedkare Isesi

Djedkare Isesi (2,388 - 2,356 BC) was the last but one Pharaoh of the 5th dynasty. His rule was like a rebirth for Egypt. He tried to renew the power, but the dominance of the top-ranking officials was to strong to stop them. Djedkadre Isesi founded the office of Upper Egypt regent with the seat in Abydos.

Djedkare Isesi reorganized royal chantry cults in Abusir, but he decided to build the pyramid for himself in south Saqqara (base 86 x 86 meters). Under his rule crusades were sent to Byblos and the Land of Punt and also martial expeditions were sent to Nubia.

Under Djedkare Isesi rule also a document "Sebayt" originated, that was written by a minister Ptahhotep, who was made divine later. This book was used as a teaching aid till New Kingdom period. It treats of the right way of living in accordance with Egyptian traditions and upbringing the right official in compliance with state needs.

There were changes in religion and chantry cult as well. The sun cult began to trail off, which could be the reason for Djedkare not to built another Sun temple and the cult of Osiris, the god of deads, gained ground. It made possible for larger amount of people to visit chantry temples.

Djedkare Isesi

Djedkare Isesi

Message from the Nile

  • History of Czech institution of egyptology

    The Czech egyptology founder is Frantisek Lexa, the author of up to now evaluated work about ancient Egypt magic and Demotic grammar. Seminar for egyptology started thanks to him in Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of Charles University in Prague in 1925. Two years later Lexa became the first regular professor of egyptology in then Czechoslovakia.

  • Abusir - outstation of Czech egyptology expedition

    Abusir is an archaeological locality in Egypt named after nearby recent village Abusir. It is situated on western Nile bank on the edge of Libyan tableland approximately 20 kilometers to the south-west of Cairo. The name of this locality is derived from ancient Egypt god Osiris, from Per Usir (Busiris), "(cult) place of Osiris" (Busiris in Greek).

  • Researches in Western desert

    Czech egyptology is successful in researching not only on pyramidal fields in Abusir recently, but also in supporting and organizing smaller expeditions into egyptian Western desert. Czech expedition has been working even in slowly evanescent oasis El-Hajez since 2003, which is situated about 400 km to the south-west from Cairo.

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