Cairo Symphony Orchestra
4. The Revolution
Khnum Huteb, the Chief of priests, has kept asking the Pharaoh to reconsider his order of taking back the lands of the temples but the Pharaoh becomes outraged and refuses. After deep thinking, Khnum Huteb asks for permission to meet Queen Nikotis. He plans to provoke her feelings against the Pharaoh. That is why he tells her that the Egyptians are angry with the Pharaoh who wants to take back the lands of the temples to build a great palace for his mistress, the harlot Rhadobis.
Although the Queen is overwhelmed by jealousy, sadness and anger, she considers the country’s well-being and attempts to convince the Pharaoh to take his order back. The Pharaoh, at once, realizes Khnum Huteb’s plan and feels extremely angry. As a result, he dismisses him and insists on taking back the lands of the temples. The Queen has realized the precarious situation of her husband and decides to resort to Rhadobis, his mistress, to convince him to take his decision back. Rhadobis finds it a good opportunity to help the Young Pharaoh in his dilemma with the priests. She suggests that he can pretend that the Massaio tribes are revolting against him so that he can send a secret message to his cousin, the Governor of the South, asking for his help to fight them. By doing this, he will have a strong army that will enable him to quench the priests’ rebellion.
The Pharaoh has decided to have an urgent meeting with his ministers and priests in the presence of the messenger coming from the South in order to inform them of the necessity of preparing the army to stop the threats of the Massaio tribes. The priests are a step ahead of him. Surprisingly, there are two members from the Massaio tribes. The priests announce that the aim of their visit is to thank the Pharaoh for his generosity and to express their loyalty to him. The Pharaoh feels infuriated and betrayed. Therefore, he calls for the immediate mobilization of the army.
The priests address the Egyptians everywhere telling them that their Pharaoh calls for army mobilization in order to wage a fake war to repress them. Everywhere, clashes have erupted between the people and the police and the army. The people become angry and shout the downfall of this imprudent Pharaoh and his mistress, Rhadobis. Tahoe, the army commander asks for the Pharaoh’s permission to smash the rebellions but the Pharaoh refuses saying, “I am here to protect my nation, not to destroy it. Every moment witnesses the death of members from my army and my people. I have to stop this bloodshed. I shall confront my people and solve this problem on my own. Farewell to every fake glory.”
The rebels reach the Pharaoh's palace facing no resistance on their way. At the meantime, the Pharaoh has been waiting for them with his royal dress and double crown. When the rebels see the Pharaoh face to face for the first time, they are taken by his nobility and dignity. As a result, they kneel down and their anger starts to melt down, but suddenly someone who fears the failure of the revolution shoots an arrow into the Pharaoh's breast.
The Queen Nikotis calls the doctor but the Pharaoh refuses the treatment and asks his wife for forgiveness. However, he asks his Commander in chief, Tahoe, to bring him to die in Rhadobis’ place. The Queen sadly tells Tahoe to carry out the Pharaoh’s order without delay.
The Pharaoh dies in Rhadobis’ arms. On seeing this, Tahoe enters into a fit of madness and starts shouting incessantly, “I am a traitor… I am the one who has betrayed his king. May death befalls Rhadobis, me and everybody who loves her. Ow, God! Grant death to me and to all."
- Amr Okba# Rhadopis#