Episode 19: The Beloved of Re, Pepy

Pepy I & Weni the Elder (Part I)

After Teti’s assassination(?), Pepy I finds it difficult to assert his authority. He must battle a usurper, Userkare and a conspiracy against his life. Court proceedings are taken, involving even a royal wife.

Egyptian kings, it seems, are no longer inviolable. There is blood in the water, and some groups are sharpening their knives.

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Pepy I (Source: TourEgypt.net)


Naguib Kanawati, Conspiracies in the Egyptian Palace, 2011.

Nigel Strudwick, Texts from the Pyramid Age, 2005 (Google Books).

William Kelly Simpson (editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2003.