Lonely Pharaoh

Lonely Pharaoh

Hatshepsut is feeling really lonely tonight.

Sometimes I wonder whether the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs really enjoyed their lot in life as much as we tend to imagine. Obviously they would have enjoyed a higher standard of living and social privilege relative to the average Egyptian, but as they say, with great power would have come great responsibility. And when you consider that they would have been considered godlike by their subjects, you have to question how personally close they could have gotten.

Think about it, if everyone you knew considered you a god in the flesh, they’d probably keep their distance from you out of fearful reverence. You couldn’t really be friends with them. Maybe it was a lonelier position to hold than we realize.

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