4. Unas, Teti and Their Courts

The Late Old Kingdom at Saqqara

  1. Steven Snape

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch4

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

How to Cite

Snape, S. (2011) Unas, Teti and Their Courts, in Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405120890

Online ISBN: 9781444393743

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Keywords:

  • Unas, Teti and their courts - The Late Old Kingdom at Saqqara;
  • royal tombs - in the Late Old Kingdom;
  • royal pyramid complexes, regularity of form, size and location - contrasting markedly with changes in form, step pyramid to true pyramid;
  • 14 pyramids, of kings of Dynasties 5 and 6 - in neighbouring clusters, North Saqqara, South Saqqara and Abusir;
  • Unas of Dynasty 5 or Teti of Dynasty 6 - wishing, to plant their pyramids in crowded and ancient necropolis of North Saqqara;
  • king's afterlife, reflected in Pyramid Texts - solar, Osirian and stellar, saying of the king ‘as one of the gods’;
  • pyramid as solar symbol - intriguing structures, regarded in different ways;
  • trend during Dynasties 5 and 6 for royal pyramids - smaller than those of Dynasty 4, inability or unwillingness on part of king in deploying resources in construction of his tomb;
  • Nefer and his family - the tomb of the Singers;
  • body in stone, ka-statues - protection of coffin, an Old Kingdom mummy hardly being called a well-preserved body

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Trends in Royal Tombs in the Late Old Kingdom

  • Trends in Late Old Kingdom Private Tombs

  • The Ideal Host