1878 - 1841 BC
Manetho describes Senusret as a great warrior, and unusually mentions that the king was of great height: '4 cubits 3 palms 2 fingers breadth' - over 6 ft 6 in (2 m). His commanding presence must have helped the success of his internal reforms in Egypt. Most notably he managed to curtail the activities of the local nomarchs, whose influence had once again risen to challenge that of the monarchy, by creating a new system of government that subjugated the autonomy of the nomarchs. The king divided the country into three administrative departments - the North, the South and the Head of the South (Elephantine and Lower Nubia) - each administered by a council of senior staff which reported to a vizier.