Egypt Picture - Stela of Famine

Stela of Famine

Stela of Famine




Stela of Famine


On the island of Sehel, in the First Cataract, there is a stela called the 'Stela of Famine', carved on a granite boulder in Ptolemaic times. The text tells of a great famine that lasted seven years, and which befell the land during the reign of the pharaoh Djoser because of the limited extent of the flooding of the Nile. The famine ended, supposedly, due to the prayers of the king, which caused the intervention of the god Khnum, 'Lord of the Cataract', who returned the situation to normal.

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