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Egyptologist's drawing of a bronze cylinder seal of Shepseskare

Egyptologist's drawing of a bronze cylinder seal of Shepseskare
Shepseskare (Egyptian for "Noble is the Soul of Ra") was an Ancient Egyptian pha
raoh, the fourth or fifth ruler of the Fifth Dynasty (2494 2345 BC) during the Old
Kingdom period. He lived in the mid-25th century BC, and was probably the owner
of an unfinished pyramid platform in Abusir that was abandoned after a few week
s of work in the earliest stages of its construction. Very few artefacts are att
ributable to this most obscure ruler of the dynasty, and historians disagree on
whether he reigned for a few months or for as long as seven years, between the r
eigns of Neferirkare Kakai and Neferefre. Shepseskare's relations to his predece
ssor and successor are not known for certain. The Egyptologist Miroslav Verner,
who favours the shorter reign, has proposed that he was a son of Sahure and a br
other to Neferirkare Kakai, who briefly seized the throne following the prematur
e death of his predecessor and probable nephew, Neferefre. Shepseskare may himse
lf have died unexpectedly or he may have lost the throne to another of his nephe
ws, the future pharaoh Nyuserre Ini. (Full article...)
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