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 child?
To project his authority outside the kingdom, Pepy commissions royal agents to represent him in foreign lands. Four men are drawn from two families.
The Pepynakht Family: Pepynakht Hery-ib and his son, Sabni I. Hery-ib visits Palestine; his son visits Wawat (Nubia).
The Mekhu Family: Sabni II and Mekhu. These men visit Nubia on expeditions to return Egyptian bodies to the homeland.
The tomb of Pepynakht Hery-ib, built at Elephantine/Aswan (Source: Academie Strasbourg).
Scenes from the pyramid temple of Pepy II – Nefer-ka-Re Pepy Men-Ankh “Nefer-ka-Re Pepy is Established, (he) is Living” – at Saqqara (Source: egyptphoto.ncf.ca).
Deborah Vischak, Community and Identity in Ancient Egypt: The Old Kingdom Cemetery at Qubbet el-Hawa, 2014 (Google Books): 225-238.
Ancient Egypt Online – Pepy II
William Kelly Simpson (editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2003.
Nicolas Grimal, A History of Egypt, 1994.