Episode 20: Expeditions and Explorers

Weni the Elder (Part II): Service in the South

Following his admirable service to Pepy I thus far, Weni the Elder is then dispatched south to Upper Egypt, to serve as the royal Overseer. Soon after, a new king Merenre keeps Weni on-staff, and sends him to Nubia on a very special mission…

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MesehtisoldiersEgyptian soldiers of the 11th Dynasty, similar to those Weni would have led (Source: Cairo Museum via Wikipedia).

A ship built by Thor Heyerdhal in 1970, according to ancient practices (Source: Wikipedia).


Ships of Sahure (5th Dynasty), perhaps similar to those used by Weni.


Kelsey Museum Newsletter – Abydos and the Tomb of Weni the Elder.

Renée Friedman, Egypt and Nubia: Gifts of the Desert, 2002.

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

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