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Shepseskaf was a pharaoh of ancient Egypt who reigned in the late 26th to the mid–25th century BC. He was the sixth and probably last ruler of the fourth dynasty during the Old Kingdom period. His name means "His soul is noble". Shepseskaf might have been the son or possibly the brother of his predecessor Menkaure. During his reign of four to seven years, Shepseskaf completed the mortuary complex of the Pyramid of Menkaure, the smallest of the three main pyramids of Giza, using mudbricks. For his own tomb he abandoned the Giza necropolis and built a mastaba, a flat-roofed rectangular structure now known as the Mastabat al-Fir'aun, at South Saqqara. These decisions may have reflected his short reign, a declining economy, or a power struggle between the King and the priesthood of Ra. Alternatively, Shepseskaf may have intended his tomb to be a pyramid, but after his death it was completed as a mastaba. (Full article...)

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Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many well-known intellectuals of the day, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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