chapter  5
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Governance and the political stability of Kemet

The government of ancient Kemet was highly centralized and the Per-aa was the principal link between the people and the deities. He was able to control this large population because as divine king he was given respect and reverence, and besides he had a huge official bureaucracy that assisted him in keeping control of the land. Kemet extended about 620 miles from Aswan (Syene) to the Mediterranean Sea. In order to effectively govern such a large territory, as you have seen above, the king had to use other people to run the day to day business of the country. These were usually well-educated civil servants, mainly scribes and tax collectors. The role of these officers remained permanent even when the country changed kings. Actually kings and dynasties came and went but the overall pattern of the country changed little in thousands of years.