> Hi Thanos5150,
> It is said that during the reign of Menkaure, that
> Egypt was to suffer tyranny and oppression for 150
> This sounds like a 'contract' to me,..a 'lease
> agreement', and, one which the priests had no
> intentions of breaking.
> Who could have leased the Giza Plateau for 150
> years, and hired Egypt to supply the work force?
Not exactly. This story comes from Herodotus:
After the misfortune of his daughter it happened, they said, secondly to this king as follows:--An oracle came to him from the city of Buto , saying that he was destined to live but six years more, in the seventh year to end his life: and he being indignant at it sent to the Oracle a reproach against the god, making complaint in reply that whereas his father and uncle, who had shut up the temples and had not only not remembered the gods, but also had been destroyers of men, had lived for a long time, he himself, who practised piety, was destined to end his life so soon: and from the Oracle came a second message, which said that it was for this very cause that he was bringing his life to a swift close; for he had not done that which it was appointed for him to do, since it was destined that Egypt should suffer evils for a hundred and fifty years, and the two kings who had arisen before him had perceived this, but he had not.
Mykerinos having heard this, and considering that this sentence had passed upon him beyond recall, procured many lamps, and whenever night came on he lighted these and began to drink and take his pleasure, ceasing neither by day nor by night; and he went about to the fen-country and to the woods and wherever he heard there were the most suitable places of enjoyment. This he devised (having a mind to prove that the Oracle spoke falsely) in order that he might have twelve years of life instead of six, the nights being turned into days.
This king also left behind him a pyramid, much smaller than that of his father, of a square shape and measuring on each side three hundred feet lacking twenty, built moreover of Ethiopian stone up to half the height.