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[The spelling of "Pepi/Pepy"][edit]

So is it spelt Pepi II or Pepy II? - Malimar

It could be either, or both. Scholars don't know what the vowel sounds the egyptians used so it is standard practice to place the vowel sound 'ee' in the unknown space. Therefore it can be spelt Pepi or Pepy as the letters 'i' and 'y' both can be used to make an 'ee' sound.

[Lenght of the 1st Intermediate Period?][edit]

It says the First Intermediate Period lasted roughtly 300 years, but the math doesn't work out. From 2180 to 2055 seems closer to 150 years. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:19, 12 February 2009 (UTC)[reply]

"Roughly one hundred years" is more appropriate. According to Ian Shaw's "The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt" (page 483), the First Intermediate Period lasts from 2160-2055 BC (i.e. about 105 years). Vithar Alderland (talk) 19:00, 26 July 2013 (UTC)[reply]

Article appears to be dated[edit]

Many of the sources were written before the Second World War. Since then, at least some authorities -- such as Stephan Seidlmayer, "The First Intermediate Period (c.2160-2055 BC)" in The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt (ed. Ian Shaw) argues that from being a time of anarchy & constant civil war, it was a time when political power devolved to the nomarchs & that people beyond the royal court enjoyed an improved standard of living. A number of cultural & technological innovations emerged during this time. Of course, these facts subverted the official ideology that the pharaoh was infallible & the source of all benevolence in the land of Egypt, so later writers tended to de-emphasize these facts -- leading to the exaggerated statement from Manetho that the Seventh Dynasty comprised "70 kings who ruled for 70 days". Admittedly Seidlmayer's essay is but one opinion, but WP:NPOV dictates Wikipedia include all notable opinions on a topic. -- llywrch (talk) 20:54, 10 September 2014 (UTC)[reply]