Weni vs. Harkhuf Comparison
The ancient autobiographies of Weni and Harkhuf are examples of text that enable us to
view what the 6
Dynasty was like socially and politically.
Weni and Harkhuf were what we
consider today as bureaucrats who were involved in various government activities such as trade,
warfare, and the construction of the pyramids.
Weni and Harkhuf were also governors of Upper
Weni had a fairly long career that covered the reigns of Teti, Pepi 1
, and Mernere.
Weni began his career as Custodian of the Storehouse but, held positions such as, Overseer of the
Robing Room, Inspector of priests in the pyramid town, Senior Warden of Nekhen, and sole
companion and overseer of the royal tenants.
Weni was so trusted by the pharaoh that he was
appointed to investigate a conspiracy in the Harem.
He states that he was so worthy that no one
else was needed in the investigation.
Harkhuf worked during the reigns of Mernere and Pepi 2
Throughout Harkhuf’s lifetime he held positions such as, The Count, Governor of Upper Egypt,
Royal Seal-Bearer, Sole Companion, Lector-Priest, and Chief of Scouts.
While he was Governor
he led various expeditions to Nubia.
These expeditions allowed Harkhuf to gain respect among
the nobles and the Pharaoh back in Egypt.
He returned from these expeditions bearing items
such as incense, ebony, oils, panther skins, elephant’s-tusks, and throw sticks.
In return for
bringing these goods to Egypt, Mernere gave Harkhuf date wine, cake, bread, and beer.
of his expeditions he returned with a dancing pygmy man.
The king was greatly appreciative of
these gifts from foreign lands and a thank you letter from the king takes up a significant portion
of the inscriptions written inside Harkhuf’s tomb. During the 6
Dynasty not much was known