Autobiography of Weni

Less (even university or Una or Weni the Elder) was a senior Egyptian official and military commander under the pharaohs Teti II, Pepi I., Userkare and Merenre I..

Curriculum vitae

Bureaucratic career

He reached adulthood under Teti II and became " chief of the magazine " and " head of the tenants of the Palace ". Teti's successor, Pepi I appointed Weni succession to the " elders of the sacristy " and " head of his [ Pepi ] Pyramid City ", then to "single friend ", " head of the tenants of the Palace " and " judge of Hierakonpolis ", as he the process against an undisclosed called " king consort " and " Weret - hetes " (a royal title ) initiated.

As a military leader

Apparently also under Pepi he had with mercenaries from the Nubian areas Irtjet, Medja, Jam, Wawat and Kaau successful a campaign against the nomads of southern Palestine, referred to in Wenis Biography as sand dwellers ( ḥr.jw š ˁ ). From the victorious return of the Egyptian army reported a 14 verses containing song of victory, representing the earliest poetic work of ancient Egyptian literature. In it, each of the set of changes " This army is at peace returned " with a more detailed description of the campaign: " This army returned in peace, it crushed the land of sand inhabitants; This army returned in peace; it tore his [ the enemies of the country ] fortresses one "etc, more rebellions were the " sand dwellers " were crushed by Weni. A little later Weni took a sea-launched campaign to "Gazelle nose ", which probably refers to a mountain on the south Palestinian coast and is expressly designated as north of the country of " sand dwellers ".

As an expedition leader

Merenre I appointed Weni the chief of Upper Egypt and commissioned him to a total of three expeditions to the quarries of Ibhat ( Nubia ), from Elephantine, the alabaster quarries of Hatnub and after Upper Nubia to obtain material for Merenres pyramid at Saqqara and five channels on the first to dig cataract. At the end of his career Weni was promoted to the vizier. He probably died in Merenre and was buried in a Mastabagrab in Abydos.