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Lisht: Senusret I

Painted statue of Senusret I from Lisht (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

 Senusret I (also named Sesostris I) was the second king of the 12th dynasty, following his father Amenemhat I. During his long reign (ca. 1917-1872 BC), which spanned five decades, Senusret continued the centralizing of government begun by his father, directing several invasions of Nubia.

Senusret I also initiated many building projects at various sites including Lisht, Heliopolis, Koptos, and Elephantine. He commissioned large-scale quarrying expeditions to the Sinai and Wadi Hammamat, and established diplomatic relations in Syria and Canaan. His pyramid complex is at Lisht.

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