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King Merenre I

  • 05 16, 2023

King Merenre I

Both the Royal List of Saqqara and the Royal List of Abydos mention Merenra. A 40-year reign is consigned to the Canon of Turin. According to Sextus Julius Africanus, Manetho remarks that Metusufis ruled for seven years.

In Egyptology, it sometimes happens that from a biography of a secondary character, one can deduce the history of sovereigns of whom nothing has come down to us.

This is the case of the Weni official who seems to have worked under three different rulers. Just this fact poses a serious problem. Weni had previously held a position of secondary importance under the reign of Teti, and, apparently, the reign of his successor, Pepi I, would have lasted over 5 years.

Assuming that Merenre only came to the throne after his father's death, Weni must have been past sixty when he entered the service of the new ruler. Yet under Merenra other heavy tasks awaited him: it is difficult to believe that they were entrusted to a man at such an advanced age.

The problem would be partly if not completely resolved if it was discovered that Pepi I joined the government several years before he died, so that sovereign orders may have been issued on behalf of both, and in fact concrete discoveries have been made, albeit scarce, evidence of such coherence.

At the beginning of Merenra's reign, it appears that Weni was a simple chamberlain and "bearer of the king's sandals", but not long afterward he was elevated to the office of governor of Upper Egypt. As in charge of this very important administrative function in the southern half of the country, he had to collect all the income due to the Residence and collect the workforce, a task he carried out twice before being sent to a distant quarry in Nubia to take the sarcophagus and a precious pyramidion for the pyramid of the king, while in Elephantine he grabbed the red granite doors and other architectural elements for the same monument.

Another grandiose task entrusted to him by Merenra was to cut five navigable canals in the first cataract and build seven acacia wood boats supplied by the heads of various districts of Nubia. In his first year of reign, Merenra personally visited the region of the first cataract to receive the tribute of the chieftains of Medja, Irtje, and Wawae. Merenra reigned for just over ten years. In his funeral complex, there is a hurry to finish the work early, perhaps due to the long illness of the sovereign whose end was presumed imminent.

 

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