Ancient Egypt / Old Kingdom / 6th Dynasty /
Other spellings: Mernere, Merenra, Merenra-nem-tyemsaf
Merenre was the son of King Pepi 1, and it is possible that he served as coregent with his father.
Among his main projects was to secure control over Egypt's southern regions, and extend exploration and trade in Nubia.
He appointed governors for Nubia and southern Egypt, hence taking the power from many local chiefs. Thereby, he strengthened the central government, and his own control over Egypt.
He appointed his own half-brother, Pepi 2, coregent in order to secure his family's conotrl over Egypt. It is possible that serious illness was the reason for this choice, as he was still a young man. He died only 5 years later.
Merenre had built his pyramid at South Saqqara, but is was poorly made, and today only a heap remains.
He was preceded by his father, Pepi 1, and suceeded by his brother, Pepi 2.
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