Ancient Egypt during the III–VI Dynasties, from c. 2650 to 2150 bc . The Old Kingdom was noted as “the Age of the Pyramids,” with magnificent monuments built by rulers such as Cheops.
Old-kingdom Sentence Examples
Small obelisks have been found in tombs of the age of the Old Kingdom.
Nevertheless, the concentration of all ritual at a single point, and the practical exclusion of laymen from active participation in it - for the old sacrificial feast had now shrunk into entire insignificance in comparison with the stated priestly holocausts and atoning rites2 - lent powerful assistance to the growth of a new and higher type of personal religion, the religion which found its social expression not in material acts of oblation, but in the language of the Psalms. In the best times of the old kingdom the priests had shared the place of the prophets as the religious leaders of the nation; under the second Temple they represented the unprogressive traditional side of religion, and the leaders of thought were the psalmists and the scribes, who spoke much more directly to the piety of the nation.
Under the Old Kingdom the attendance on and services for a dead magnate - the sacrifices and libations at his tomb - were left, together with endowments, to a staff of priests, called "servants of the ko(ka)," whose offices were hereditary.
This is the old kingdom of Indragiri, and lies on either hand of the river of that name.