Season of the Emergence

D54 t
pr.t Season
of the Emergence
in hieroglyphs

The Season of the Emergence (Egyptian prt), or Proyet, or Peret,[1] was the second season or Winter season of the Egyptian calendar. It fell roughly between early January and early May.[2] Peret falls after the Season of the Inundation, also known as Akhet.

Peret was the season where the annual Nile flood retreated leaving a rich and fertile layer of black silt, made as the floods picked up black soil and rocks, over the land making it ideal for planting crops. The Egyptian growing season lasted for 5 months, where planting and growth took place. It was followed by the 120 days of the Season of the Harvest.

The Season of the Emergence is known as Peret in both the lunar and the civil Egyptian calendars. The months of the lunar calendar are roughly equivalent to the period from early January to early May. Since the civil calendar moved through the seasons over time, losing about one day every four years, this season does not continuously match any part of the modern calendar.


The Season of Emergence consists of four 30-day months. These months can be either referred to by number (months 5 through 8) or by names as follows:

The Season of Emergence was preceded by the Season of the Inundation and was followed by the Season of the Harvest.[3]

See also


  1. Nigel C. Strudwick, Texts from the Pyramid Age, SBL 2005, p.103
  2. David P. Silverman, Ancient Egypt, Duncan Baird Publishers, London 1997. p.93
  3. Marshall Clagett, Ancient Egyptian Science: A Source Book, Diane 1989, ISBN 0-87169-214-7, p.5
Preceded by
Season of the Inundation
Egyptian Seasons

Season of the Emergence
days: 120 days

Succeeded by
Season of the Harvest

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