Pepy II (Part II): Authority Abroad. Twenty-five ears into his reign, Pepy II is established in power. But can this monarch rule effectively on his own, without the guidance he received as a child? To project his authority, Pepy commissions royal agents to represent him in foreign lands. Four men are drawn from two families. From [...]

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. In a short sojourn to the countryside, we meet Qar, a noble who handles agriculture and cattle-rearing in Upper [...]