Episode 22: Pepy Lives

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 the Pepynakht family comes Pepynakht Hery-ib and his son, Sabni (1). Hery-ib visits Palestine; his son visits Wawat (Nubia).

Another group comes from the Mekhu family: Sabni (2) and Mekhu. These men visit Nubia on expeditions to return Egyptian bodies to the homeland.

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Assouan : tombe de Sarenpout

The tomb of Pepynakht Hery-ib, built at Elephantine/Aswan (Source: Academie Strasbourg).

pepi II relief_640Scenes 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.

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