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who's who of viziers in the old kingdom

Compiled by Charles Woods
5th Dynasty -Chronological order
 
ViziersViziersViziers
Vizier Ptahhotep under Djedkare Isesi...........................Vizier Ptahhotep under k.Djedkare Isesi..........................Vizier Rashepses. Vizier to Djedkare Isesi
The above images are from the Imhotep Museum at Saqqara - Supreme Council of Antiquities
 
fifth dynasty viziers
 
Name: SEKHEMKARE, c.2500.
Position Possibly the time of k.Userkaf (c.2494-2487 N.Saqqaara Stone Pyramid LXXXI) and k.Sahure (c.2487-2475 Abusir Stone Pyramid LXVII)
Tomb tomb LG 89
Father/Mother Possibly k.Khafre(Chephren) and q. Hekenuhedjet ?
Titles Vizier; Chief Justice; King’s eldest son of his body.
 
Name: WERBAUBA
Titles vizier
Special Note listed at London College Digitalegypt website
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Name: WASHPTAH (Izi) c.2487
Position time of k.Sahure (c.2487-2475 Abusir Stone Pyramid LXVII) and k.Neferirkare(alt.Kakai) (c.2475-2455. Abusir stone Pyramid LXXI)
Titles Vizier under k.Neferirkare, but served in some other capacity for k.Sahure, possibly as an architect and Chief Justice.
Special Note There is some mention of Washptah in “The Book of the Pharaohs” by Pascal vernus, Jean Yoyotte, page 148)
 
Name: MINNEFER
Titles Vizier
Special Note listed at London College Digitalegypt website

Name: PTAH-SEKHEM-ANKH (alt: Sekhemankhptah)
Tomb Tomb Giza. No: G 7152.
Titles Vizier; Chief Justice.


Name: PTAHHOTEP I. c2414-2375
Position Time of k.Djedkare Isesi (c.2414-2375 owner of S. Saqqara Stone Pyramid LXXXVII)
Tomb (owner of N.W. Saqqara tomb No: D62)
Sons Akhethotep.
Grandchildren Ptahhotep II, known as Tshefi.
Titles Vizier and Chief Minister to k.Djedkare Isesi.
Special Note Ptahhotep I was entombed alone. It was sometime though that he was entombed with his son, Akhethotep. This appears to be a mistake since his son Akhethotep was buried with his son also called Ptahhotep. Ptahhotep the ‘elder’s’ tomb is no: D.62 The son’s tomb no; is D.64. The mistake occurred because “Ptahhotep’s” name is on the outside of the son’s tomb No: D64. Both Ptahhotep’s (grandfather and grandson) are accredited with the authorship of a popular set of ‘Maxims’ a literary form very popular in the First Intermediate Period. .

Name: AKHETHOTEP, c.2414-2375
Position Time of k.Djedkare Isesi (c.2414-2735 owner of S. Saqqara Stone Pyramid LXXXVII)
Tomb (owner of NW. Saqqara tomb No: D.64.)
Father/Mother Akhethotep’s father was Ptahhotep I, (known as Ptahhotep the elder).
Sons Akhethotep’s son was called Ptahhotep II, also known as Tshefi.
Titles Akhethotep was Vizier to Djedkare Isesi. Some 25 Titles are mentioned in his tomb, Supreme Judge, First after the King, Priest of Maat, High Priest of the Pyramid of Djed-ka-Re, etc.
Special Note Akhethotep and his son Ptahhotep II(Tshefi) were buried in the same tomb No: D.64). Ptahhotep II(Tshefi)is accredited with the famous Maximes along with this grandfather of the same name.

Name: PTAHHOTEP II (Tshefi), c.2390
Position Time of Unas (alt. Wemis) c.2375-2345 owner of N. Saqqara stone pyramid LXXXV.
Tomb (buried with his father Akhethotep in N.W. Saqqara tomb No: D.64)
Father/Mother Akhethotep.
Grandfather/Grandmother Ptahhotep I
Sons Named after himself, Ptahhotep and the other Akhethotep after his grandfather. Both sons held important functions under k.Unas (Wenis)

Name: ANKHU, c.2390
Position possibly the time of Unas (alt, Wenis) (c.2375-2345 owner of N.Saqqara stone pyramid LXXXV) .
Titles Vizier

Name: RASHEPSES. c.2414
Position possibly the middle of Djedkare Isesi’s reign (c.2414-2375 owner of S.Saqqara stone pyramid LXXXVII)
Titles Vizier.
Special Note known from a letter from the king in the tomb of Rashepses (Sethe 1933: 179-180)
 
Name: PTAHOTEP III
Titles Vizier
Special Note Listed at London College Digitalegypt website
 
Name: IYNEFERT SHANEF, c.2375
Position ime of k.Unas(Wenis) (c.2375-2345 owner of N.Saqqara stone pyramid LXXXV)
Titles Vizier.
Special Note Known from a Saqqara tomb located near to that of Mehu, Unis-Ankh and Ihy.

Name: IHY, c.2375
Position time of k.Unas(Wenis) (c.2375-2345 owner of N.Saqqara stone pyramid LXXXV)
Titles Vizier
Special Note Known from a Saqqara mastaba tomb which was reused and the figure of Ihy erased.
 
Name:

NYANKHBA

Titles Vizier
Special Note Listed at London College Digitalegypt website

Name: AKHETHOTEP HEMI, c.2375
Position time of k.Unas(Wenis) (c.2375-2345 owner of N.Saqqara stone pyramid LXXXV)
Titles Vizier
Special Note : Known from a Saqqara mastaba tomb which was reused and the figure of Akhethotep Hemi was erased.

Name: PTAHSHEPSES, c.2445-2421
Position time of k.Niuserre (c.2445-2421 owner of Abusir stone pyramid L.XX)
Tomb owner of a large mastaba tomb at Abusir.
Wife Princess Khamerernebty, the daughter of k.Niuserre.
Titles Vizier, The Kings Manicurist and Hairdresser.
Special Note Was the king’s son-in-law.

Name: Prince SESHEM-NEFER (III), (also known as Neferseshemseshat) c.2350
Position Time of Djedkare Ises (c.2414-2375 the owner of S. Saqqara stone pyramid LXXXVII)
Tomb Giza tomb no: G 5170
Wife Hetepheres Kings Daughter and prophetess of Hathor and Neith.
Father/Mother Seshemnefer (II) and Henutsen (Giza tomb No: G5080)
Sons Seshemnefer
Titles Vizier. King’s son of his body. Overseer of the Kings Works.Chief Justice.
Special Note Seshem-nefer is represented on the walls among the portraits of k. Unas’s courtiers on the causeway leading to his pyramid.

Name: Prince SENEDJEMIB INTI c.2350
Position Time of Djedkare Ises (c.2414-2375 the owner of S.Saqqara stone pyramid LXXXVII).
Tomb Giza tomb no: G 2370
Wife Tjefi
Sons Senedjemib; Ny-ankh-menu; Fetek; Khnumenti; Senedjemib Mehy(becomes Vizier to k.Unas(Wenis)
Titles Vizier; Royal Prince; Royal Chamberlain, Chief Justice; Overseer of Royal Regalia, Armory, houses of the kings children, the two treasuries, works of the king etc.

Name: Prince SENEDJEMIB MEHY c.2375
Position Time of k.Unas(Wenis) (c.2375-2345 the owner of N. Saqqara stone pyramid LXXXV)
Wife Princess Khentkaues(alt: Khentkawes), Priestess of Hathor, and daughter of k.Unas.(‘of his body’)
Father/Mother Father Senedjemib Inti(Giza tomb G2370) Mother possibly Tjefi.
Grandfather/Grandmother  
Sons Senedjemib and Mehy (Mehi).
Daughters Khentkaues.
Titles Vizier; hereditary prince, Royal Chamberlain; Overseer of the armories, two houses of gold; Royal Regalia, overseer of all works of the King; Royal Master Builder; Master of secrets and all commands of the king, etc.
Senedjemid Mehy Unusually, Senedjemib Mehi had a wooden statue carved of himself entirely in the nude. He is also depicted in his tomb being circumcised which is by no means a common practice at the time. The nude statue may represent a cultic practice or it may have been clothed. Interestingly, a tomb was discovered at Saqqara excavated during the middle years of World War II for a Princess Khentkawes (elder daughter of the King Unas) which on examination of the body was discovered not to be a female but a male! Evidently he had chosen to live as a female. However, this may be the daughter named also Khentkauwes rather than Senedjemib Mehy’s ‘wife’.

The following is a summary of our main sources

Michael Rice. “Who’s Who in Ancient Egypt’, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-15449-9
Aidan Dodson: “Monarchs of the Nile” The American University in Cairo Press:ISBN 977-424-600-4
Nicolas Grimal “A History of Ancient Egypt”, Blackwell, ISBN 0-631-19396-0
Donald B. Redford. “Egypt Canaan and Israel in Ancient Times, The American University in Cairo Press. ISBN 977-424-322-6.
London College. http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/administration/viziers.html