Wakhare Khety I
|Wakhare Khety I in hieroglyphs|
Enduring is the Ka of Re, the divine ruler
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The divine ruler
Wakhare-Khety I may be the founder of the ninth dynasty. If so, he may be identified with Achtoes the founder of this dynasty according to Manetho. Manetho tells us that Achtoes was an insane and cruel ruler who died eaten by a crocodile
|“||He became more terrible than all those who had gone before him that he did evil unto the people in all Egypt and that he finally went mad and was devoured by a crocodile.||”|
A 12th dynasty coffin inscribed with coffin texts bearing Wakhare Khety's name was found in Deir el-Bersha. It is unknown if the texts were originally inscribed for Wakhare Khety, or if they were simply copied later from an earlier source.
If Khety I was indeed the founder of the ninth dynasty, he may have been a Herakleopolitan prince who profited from the weakness of the Memphite rulers of the eighth dynasty to seize the throne of Middle and Lower Egypt. This hypothesis is supported by contemporaneous inscriptions referring to the northern, Herakleopolitan kingdom as the house of Khety.
|Pharaoh of Egypt
Merykare I ? Wankhare Khety II ? Neferkare III ?
- James Henry Breasted, Ph.D., A History of the Ancient Egyptians (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1923), 134.
- Stephan Seidlmayer, Ian Shaw (edit) The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt p.128 ISBN 978-0-19-280458-7
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