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B.C. religious texts of a most important character. 3333. They constitute the earliest known copy of the Heliopolitan version of the Book of the Dead.
Dynasty VI., from Memphis. 3266. Teta. He built a pyramid at Sakkâra. The walls
of its chambers and corridors are inscribed with
hieroglyphic texts. Rā-user-ka. He built a pyramid, probably at
Şakkâra. 3233. Rā-meri, Pepi I. In his reign lived Unå, a man
of humble birth, who began life in the royal service as a “crown bearer”; he was next made overseer of the workmen, and was soon after sent to Tura to bring back a block of stone for the sarcophagus of the king. He was then made governor of the troops, and was set at the head of an expedition against the Āāmu, or Semitic tribes of the Eastern Desert, and the Herushā, or nomad tribes of the South-eastern Sûdân. On five different occasions did Unå wage war successfully against Egypt's foes, and having wasted their countries with fire and sword, he returned to Memphis crowned with glory. The inscription is of the greatest importance for the history of the period, and is interesting as showing that a man of very humble birth could attain to the highest dignities at the Egyptian court. He built a
pyramid at Sakkâra. 3200. Mer-en-Rā, Meḥti-em-sa-f. He built at Şakkâra
the pyramid called by the Arabs Haram aşŞayyâdîn, or “Hunters' Pyramid.” It was opened by Mariette in 1880. His mummy is preserved in Cairo. The official Her-khuf began his career in this reign.
B.C. 3166. Nefer-ka-Rā, Pepi II. He built at Sakkâra a
pyramid, the walls of the chambers of which are covered with hieroglyphic texts of a religious character. He sent the official Her-khuf to the “Land of the Spirits,” to bring back a pygmy. Mer-en-Rā, Mehti-em-sa-f II (?).
Rā-neter-ka. 3133 (?). Nit-áqert (Nitocris), “the beautiful woman with
Dynasties VII. -- XI. According to Manetho we have :VIIth Dynasty. From Memphis; 70 kings in 70
days. VIIItho Dynasty. From Memphis; 27 kings in
146 years. IXth Dynasty. From Herakleopolis; 19 kings
in 409 years. Xth Dynasty. From Herakleopolis ; 19 kings
in 185 years. XIth Dynasty. From Thebes; 16 kings in
43 years. The Tablet of Abydos gives the following selection of royal names :
Rā-men-ka. 3133. Rā-nefer-ka. 3000. Rā-nefer-ka-Nebi. Scarabs of this king exist. 2966. Rā-țet-ka-maā— .. 2933. Rā-nefer-ka-Khențu. 2900. Mer-en-Heru. 2866. Senefer-ka. 2833. Rā-en-ka. Scarabs of this king exist.
Dynasties IX and X, from Herakleopolis. From the
of this king may have been :-
Rā-khā-user. The above five names are found on scarabs, and each has the title Neter nerer, 7“ beautiful god,” prefixed to it; it is possible that they belong to the period between the Xth and XIIIth dynasties.
Rā-ka-meri, who was greatly helped in his wars
by the princes of Siut (Asyût), Khati I., Tefabá, and Khati II.
Dynasty XI., from Diospolis, or Thebes, It is not at present possible to arrange in chronological order the names of the kings of this dynasty, although several of them are well known. Names common to some of them are Antefa and Menthu-hetep. Some of the kings
appear to have ruled for long periods, but their reigns were on the whole uneventful; the burial place of the kings of this dynasty is at Drah abu'l-Neķķah.
Antefa, who bore the titles of ERPĂ O and ŅĀ.
granite quarries in the First Cataract, and the
quarries in Wâdî Hammâmât. Rā-neb-taui, Menthu-ḥetep II. He also
worked the quarries in Wâdî Hammâ mât. Rā-neb-hap, Menthu-hetep III. His temple
at Dêr al-Baħarî was excavated by Messrs. Naville and Hall in the winters of 1903-1906. He built a pyramid tomb in connexion with his temple.
It has been customary to include among the kings of
the XIth dynasty the following :-
discovered by Mariette.
have reigned in the period between the XIIIth and XVIIth dynasties. Åntef-āa IV., whose Horus name was Uah-ānkh 8 7 , was the son of Herunekht-neb țep-nefer o Antef-āa, and the grandson of Heru-seānkh-ab-taui, son
B.C. 2500. Se-ānkh-ka-Rā. This king is known to us through
an inscription at Hammâmât, which states that he sent an expedition to the land of Punt; this shows that at that early date an active trade must have been carried on across the Arabian desert between Egypt and Arabia. His officer Hennu set out with 3,000 men and dug wells at Ațahet and Aaheteb. Se-ānkh-ka-Rā appears to have been the immediate predecessor of the first king of the XIIth dynasty. The nomen of this king is uncertain, but it was probably, as MM. Pierret, Deveria, and Maspero have shewn, Menthuhetep.
Dynasty XII., from Diospolis, or Thebes. 2466. Amenemhāt I. ascended the throne of Egypt after
hard fighting; he conquered the Uaua, a Libyan tribe that lived near Korosko in Nubia, and wrote a series of instructions for his son Usertsen I. The
story of Sanehet was written during this reign. 2433. Usertsen I., the Sesonchosis of Manetho, made
war against the tribes of Ethiopia ; he erected granite obelisks and built largely at Heliopolis. He and his father built pyramids at Lisht, à
necropolis situated about 30 miles south of Cairo. 2400. Amenemhāt II. Khnemu-ḥetep, son of Nehera,
whose tomb is at Beni-hasân, lived during the
reign of this king. 2366. Usertsen II. He built a pyramid at Illahûn. In
his reign a party of 37 Aamu, or Semites from the Eastern Desert, visited Egypt, bringing eyepaint with them.