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who's who of viziers in the old kingdom

Compiled by Charles Woods
6th Dynasty -Chronological order
 
sixth dynasty viziers
 
The five Viziers lised below are shown as 6th Dynasty Viziers on the London College Digitalegypt website

PTAHHOTEP TJEFI
KHNUMNETI
KAGEMNI MEMI
MEREF-NEBEF
NEFERSESESHEMRE

 
Name: MEHU  c.2375
Position c.2375-2345 and Teti the lst king of 6th Dynasty c.2345-2323 who provided himself with a stone  pyramid at Saqqara LXXX
Sons Hetepka
Titles Chief Minister under k.Unas, and Vizier to k.Teti
Special Note One of the chambers in Mehu’s tomb usurped by Meryeankh, Supervisor of Prophets for the pyramid of k. Pepy I, and used for his own offerings chamber. Mehu may have been related to k. Unas and also possibly Kagemni

 

Name: MERERUKA (alt. Men) c. 2345-2323,
Position time of k.Teti (circ.2345-2323 and owner of stone pyramid at Saqqare LXXX)
Tomb Mastaba tomb at Saqqara,
Wife Princess Watetkhetor (alt. Sesheshet). She was the daughter of k. Teti.
Father/Mother Mother: Tiyet.
. Father-in- law Possibly k. Teti.
Brothers 9 brothers are named in his tomb including Ihy.
Sons Meriteti (eldest) Khenti, Apref, Khenu, Nefer, Memi(possibly the same as Pepyankh).
Daughters at least one daughter, but the name lost.  
Titles Vizier, Governor of Memphis, Chief Justice, Scribe of the Divine books, Inspector of Prophets, High Priest of Re etc.
Special Note Mereruka built and extension on his own mastaba for his wife and eldest son Meriteti. Succeeded Kagemni as vizier.


Name: ANKHMAHOR/Sesi, c.2345-2181
Position the time of mid k.Teti (circa. 2345-2323) and k.Pepy I (c.2278-2184 and owner of stone pyramid at S. Saqqara LXXXVI)
Tomb owner of tomb at Saqqara, (incorrectly known as tomb of the Physicians) 
Titles Vizier, Overseer of the Great House, First under the King, Ka Priest, etc.
 
Pepi 1 Special Note Pepy I

 

Pepy I probably ascended the throne as a child during a time of problems with Egypt’s internal affairs during the 6th Dynasty.   According to Manetho, it seems the previous king, Teti, was assassinated.  It appears that Pepy’s life at times was challenged.   According to Weni, one of his Chief Ministers, a harem plot was hatched by one of his wives and her son.   Nevertheless, the plot failed, and Pepy reigned for more than forty years.  He was succeeded on the throne by his eldest son, Mencaure, followed by his next son, Pepy II.

 
Name: INUMIN, c.
Position end of k.Teti 2345-2323 to Pepy I 2278-2184.
Titles Vizier.


Name: KAAPER, c.
Position end of k. Teti 2345-2323 to Pepy I 2278-2184.
Special Note possibly the last Vizier under Teti, and possibly early Pepy I.

 

Name: KHENTIKA c.
Position end of k. Teti 2345-2323 to Pepy I 2278-2184.
Special Note the Last Vizier under Teti and possibly early Pepy I.
 
end of old kingdom or later
 

The following three Viziers are listed on the London College Digitalegypt website for the end of the Old Kingdom or Later

WERKAUBA IKU
TETI
KAINEFER
TJETJU

 

VIZIERS OF THE FIRST INTERMEDIATE PERIOD

 
Name:

HERWY  (Akhmim)

Titles Vizier
Special Note Listed London College Digitalegypt website

 

Name: IUU (alt.Iww) c. 2190
Position Time of the end of Pepy I 2278-2184 and possibly also under k. Merenre I c.2287-2278
Tomb buried at Abydos. 
Titles Vizier; Overseer of the Scribes of the King’s documents; He of the Curtain, etc.
Special Note Vizier end of Pepy I’s reign and possibly under k.Merenre I.  He was devoted to the god Anubis.
 
Name:

IDI (Abydos)

Titles Vizier
Special Note Listed London College Digitalegypt website

 

Name: WENI (alt.Uni)
Position circa. The time of Pepy I 2278-2184 the owner of a stone pyrmid at S. Saqqara LXXXVI
Tomb owner of huge mastaba tomb at Abydos (alt.Nefer Nekhet Mery-Re)
Father/Mother appears to be Iuu the previous Vizier according to an inscription at Abydos.
Titles Vizier, True Governor of Upper Egypt. Chamberlain, Judge, Count.etc.
Special Note he is known from the famous autobiographical text of Weni the Elder. His  career spanned three kings, Teti, Pepy I and Merenre (Nemtyemzaf)  
 
Name: PEPYNAKHT (Abydos)
Titles Vizier
Special Note Listed London College Digitalegypt website
 
Name:

ANKHPEPY HERY-IB (MEIR)

Titles Vizier
Special Note Listed London College Digitalegypt website
 
Name:

HEMRE, izi (Deir el Gebrawi)

Titles Vizier
Special Note Listed London College Digitalegypt website
 
Name: HENQU, iy….f  (Deir el Gebrawi)
Titles Vizier
Special Note Listed London College Digitalegypt website

 

Name: DJAU
Position circa the time of k.Pepy II c.2278-2184 and k. Merenre c. 2287-2278
Sisters Queen Ankhesenpepi I (alt.Ankhesenmerire) and Queen Ankhesenpepi II (alt. Ankhesenmerire)  Both queens of Pepy I with the same name.
Uncles k. Pepy II. and k. Merenre I.
Titles Vizier.
Special Note He may be identical to Idi I and Idi II. It is possible there were two Viziers, one was an uncle of Pepy II (Idi I) and the other dates to the end of Pepy II’s reign (Idi II). Two of his sisters had the same name and both were married to Pepi 1


Name: SHEMAY
Position circa time of k. Neferkahor  (birth name unknown, date and length of reign uncertain, but 8th Dynasty.) Before c. 2160.
Wife : married to the king’s daughter, Nebyet.
Sons Idy who was appointed Governor of Upper Egypt.
Titles Hereditary Prince; Mayor of the Pyramid City, Governor of Upper Egypt,; Overseer of the Priests.
Special Note Known from royal decrees from the Temple of Min at Coptos.

 

Name: IDY,
Position circa the time of k. Neferkahor (birth name unknown, date and length of reign uncertain, but 8th dynasty) and k. Neferirkare (Pepysonbe) (date and length of reign uncertain, but 8th dynasty)  Before c.2160.
Father/Mother The Vizier Shemay.
Titles Possibly Vizier; Governor of Upper Egypt.
Special Note known from royal decrees from the Temple of Min at Coptos.
 

The following Viziers are listed on the London College Digitalegypt website for the Intermediate Period

PTAHHOTEP
TEPEMANKH
TJENTI
MERYTETI
RAWER
MERERI
NEFERSESHEMSESHAT KHENU
ZEZI
IDU NEFER
ANKHMERYRE
KHENU
IHYKHENET
KAIHOTEP
MERYREIAM
MERYREMERYANKHPTAH
SABUPTAH IBEBI
SHENAY
NEBKAUHER IDU
KHABAUKHNUM BIU
NYHABSEDNEFERKARE
FEFI
UNASANKH  

 

 

This is the end of the viziers in this period. The next period is the 11th Dynasty which comes under the visiers of the Middle Kingdom.



The following is a summary of our main sources

Michael Rice. “Who’s Who in Ancient Egypt’, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-15449-9
Aidan Dodson: “Monarchs of the Nile” The American University in Cairo Press:ISBN 977-424-600-4
Nicolas Grimal “A History of Ancient Egypt”, Blackwell, ISBN 0-631-19396-0
Donald B. Redford. “Egypt Canaan and Israel in Ancient Times, The American University in Cairo Press. ISBN 977-424-322-6.
London College. http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/administration/viziers.html