Pepy II (Part II): Authority Projected Abroad In the twenty-fifth year of his reign, Pepy II is just thirty-one years old. Having spent most of his life at the head of a mighty kingdom, he is firmly ensconced in power. But can he rule effectively on his own, without the guidance he received as a [...]

Pepy II (Part I): the Child King At just six-years old, the new King of Upper and Lower Egypt Pepy II cannot possibly exercise power on his own. Enter his mother, Ankh-enes-Pepy, who oversees the kingdom on his behalf. Her imagery reveals her power, as the young king sits atop her lap, protected (and controlled?) by her [...]