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The Walls-of-the-Ruler was a fortification, or possibly a whole string of them, built by Amenemhat I in the 14th nome of Lower Egypt to protect the eastern approaches to Egypt.[1] It succeeded the Old Kingdom Walls-of-Snefru.[2]

The Walls-of-the-Ruler are mentioned in the Tale of Sinuhe[3] and in the so-called Prophecy of Neferti.[4] No remains have been found to date,[1] but some[who?] think that the city of Sile (Tjaru) was part of it. New Kingdom depictions show forts which had a secured supply of water and were surrounded by crocodile-infested ditches or canals which were spanned by bridges.[2]


  1. ^ a b Ian Shaw, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, Oxford University Press 2000, p. 159
  2. ^ a b Robert Morkot, The Egyptians: An Introduction, Routledge 2005, p. 42
  3. ^ Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, volume 1, University of California Press 1973, p. 224
  4. ^ Aidan Dodson, Monarchs of the Nile, American University in Cairo Press 2000, p. 57