People - Ancient Egypt: Menkheperre
THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD 21st Dynasty (1045-992) Southern Ruler at Thebes. The capital moves from Tanis to Libyan, to Nubia, to Thebes, to
SAIS, and then back to Nubia and Thebes.
Menkheperre in Wikipedia
Menkheperre, son of Pharaoh Pinedjem I by wife Henuttawy
(daughter of Ramesses XI by wife Tentamon), was the High
Priest of Amun at Thebes in Ancient Egypt from 1045 BC to
992 BC and de facto ruler of the south of the country.
Menkheperre's eldest full brother Masaharta followed their
father as High Priest. He was followed by another brother,
Djedkhonsuefankh, after whose death, in the 25th year of
Smendes I, Menkheperre became High Priest. With his elder
half-brother ruling at Tanis as Pharaoh Psusennes I,
Menkheperre's power, like that of Masaharta, must have been
somewhat curtailed. Menkheperre took as his throne name the
title of "First prophet of Amun", just as his great-
grandfather Herihor had, perhaps an indication of this
diminished role, though he kept the cartouche unlike his
successors in the temple.
Menkheperre married his niece Isetemkheb, daughter of his
brother Psusennes I and wife Wiay. Their children were:
Smendes II, also called Nesbanebdjed II, who followed him as
Henuttawy, wife of Smendes II, Chantress of Amun. She is
mentioned on the 10th pylon of the Karnak temple. She was
buried in the Deir el-Bahari tomb MMA60, her coffins are now
in Boston and New York. She had a daughter called
Pinedjem II, High Priest after his brother's death. He
married his sister Isetemkheb and became the father of
Pharaoh Psusennes II.
Isetemkheb D, wife of Pinedjem II.
Hori, priest of Amun and Seth. His mummy and coffins were
found at Bab el-Gasus (Deir el-Bahari) and are now in Cairo.
Meritamen, Chantress of Amun. She was buried at Bab el-Gasus
under the pontificate of Psusennes II. Her coffins are in
Gautseshen, Chantress of Montu. She was buried at Bab el-
Gasus, her coffins and papyrus are now in Cairo. She was
married to Tjanefer, Third Prophet of Amun. Their sons,
Pinedjem and Menkheperre became Third and Fourth Prophet of
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