Egypt in the Old Kingdom and the 1st Intermediate Period
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I. The Old Kingdom (c. 2680–2160 BC)

Roughly speaking, the Old Kingdom extended from the 3rd Dynasty through to the 8th Dynasty; a 7th Dynasty is part of the Egyptian tradition, but did not exist in reality. As usual in the context of Egyptian history, dynasties are not necessarily royal houses defined in terms of kinship, but batches of kings…

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Müller-Wollermann, R., “Egypt in the Old Kingdom and the 1st Intermediate Period”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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