Wahkare Khety

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Wahkare Khety
NationalityAncient Egyptian
OccupationPharaoh
Years activec. 2150 BCE
Known forAncient Egyptian pharaoh; allegedly being one of the earliest known writers in ancient history whose supposed work survived
Children1 unnamed son

Wahkare Khety (active c. 2150 BCE) was a Ancient Egyptian pharaoh who was allegedly one of the earliest known writers in ancient history whose supposed work survived. Wahkare ruled as a pharaoh in the Ninth or Tenth Dynasty of Egypt. He is a rather obscure pharaoh.

The outer side of the coffin of Nefri, on which the cartouches of Wakhare Khety were discovered.

Identity[change | change source]

The identity of Wahkare Khety is rather disputed. Some historians believe he was the founder of the Ninth Dynasty of Egypt. Others believe he was a pharaoh in the Tenth Dynasty of Egypt. Wakhare lived and was active around c. 2150 BCE.

Supposed writing career[change | change source]

Many scholars believe that Wahkare Khety was the writer of the book Teaching for King Merykare. It is known that whoever wrote that book, also wrote his name. The writer wrote his name as Khety. However, the theory that the name Khety referred to as Wahkare Khety is disputed. Other scholars believed that Meryibre Khety, another Egyptian pharaoh, wrote the book, and not Wahkare.