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Rahotep (also spelled Re hotep) was an ancient Egyptian prince of the 4th dynasty. he was the high priest of Re in the city of Heliopolis. He is famous for his statue which was discovered by the Auguste Mariette in 1871 and is today in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Rahotep, according to some Egyptologists, was the son of King Sneferu, others believe he was son of Huni. [1]

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Statue of Rahotep at Egyptian Museum
IssueDjedi, Itu, Neferkau, Mereret, Nedjemib, Sethtet

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Rahotep's titles were written on a stunning statue found in Meidum in 1871. The statue, along with one of his wife Nofret, was discovered by Auguste Mariette. Rahotep held the titles of High Priest of Ra at Heliopolis, Director of Expeditions, Supervisor of Works, and “the son of the king, begotten of his body”.[2][3]

His older brother was Nefermaat I, and his younger brother was Ranefer. Rahotep passed away at a young age, so his half-brother Khufu became become pharaoh after Sneferu’s death.

Rahotep’s wife was Nofret, and her parents are unknown. They had three sons – Djedi, Itu, and Neferkau – and three daughters – Mereret, Nedjemib, and Sethtet. All of them are depicted in Rahotep’s tomb.[4]

Images of Rahotep[change | change source]

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  1. Hawass, Zahi A. (2006). Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders. Doubleday Books. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-385-50305-1.
  2. Rice, Michael (1999). Who's who in Ancient Egypt. Routledge. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-415-15448-2. Rahotep priest nofret.|
  3. El-Shahawy, Abeer (2005). The Egyptian Museum in Cairo: A Walk Through the Alleys of Ancient Egypt. Dar al-Mushaf. p. 71. ISBN 978-977-17-2183-3.
  4. Dodson, Aidan. The Complete Royal Families Of Ancient Egypt With Over 300 Illustrations 90 In Color. pp. 53–61.