Sahure was a pharaoh of ancient Egypt and the second ruler of the Fifth
Dynasty, who reigned for about 12 years in the early 25th century BC
during the Old Kingdom Period. He was probably the son of his
predecessor Userkaf with Queen Neferhetepes II, and was in turn
succeeded by his son Neferirkare Kakai. Sahure's reign marked the
political and cultural high point of the Fifth Dynasty. He launched
naval expeditions to modern-day Lebanon to procure cedar trees, slaves
and exotic items. His expedition to the land of Punt brought back large
quantities of myrrh, malachite and electrum. A relief in his mortuary
temple shows him celebrating the success of this venture by tending a
myrrh tree. Sahure sent expeditions to the turquoise and copper mines in
Sinai and ordered military campaigns that captured livestock from Libyan
chieftains in the Western Desert. His pyramid in Abusir is smaller than
those of the preceding Fourth Dynasty, but his mortuary temple is more
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sahure>
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1. (ethics, international law, idiomatic) An explanation offered as an
excuse for behaving in a criminal or wrongful manner, claiming that
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criminal or wrongful behavior, claiming that one is justified in not
obeying a governmental order or a domestic law because the order or law
is itself unlawful.
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