Teti and Kagemni: Dynasty VI
Unas has passed to the afterlife with gusto. His daughter marries an outsider, Teti, who becomes the new King of Upper and Lower Egypt. For historians, this kind of shift in lineage is a good point to mark the beginning of the Sixth Dynasty.
A new literary genre also reaches maturation: Didactic Literature conveys teachings and instructions for future generations.
Two classic works emerge in quick succession, the Maxims of the Vizier Ptah-hotep and the Instructions for the Vizer Kagemni.
The burial chamber and enormous sarcophagus of Teti, at Saqqara (Source: the author, 2013).
The Pyramid Texts which adorn the walls of Teti’s burial chamber (Source: the author, 2013).
The Sole Companion Ihy, a noble before his offering table, on a tomb built next to Teti’s pyramid (Source: the author, 2013).
Naguib Kanawait (et al.) The Teti Cemetery at Saqqara, Multiple Volumes.
Naguib Kanawati, Conspiracies in the Egyptian Palace, 2011.
Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature Volume I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms, 1973 (2006 paperback edition).
William Kelly Simpson (editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2003.