Best known ruler of the 6th dynasty is Pepi I.. Built several temples, married the daughter of a high dignitary of Abydos and as a second wife chose her sister. With these two sisters had sons who took over the government.
Just like his forerunners he was interested in Nubia. Pepi I. undertook many forays into Asia. He ruled for nearly forty years. His son Merenre I. reigned only a few years. Continued the policy of Pepi I. Nubian and got deep in the first cataract, where he submitted Sudanese.
He was succeeded on the throne by his then six-year old half-brother Pepi II., who ruled whopping ninety-four years. Now the reign of the pharaoh, which was the longest in Egyptian history, held its first business trip to Byblos (Foinície) and the land of Punt. Title Nomarch, ie administrator nome, became hereditary.
During the reign of Pepi II. began the decline of the Old Kingdom. High age and inability to forcefully dominate a vast empire meant the end of unparalleled prosperity.
|6th dynasty (2,423 - around 2,300 BC)|
|Teti||12 years||collaps of the state|
|Userkare||1 year||rising power of monarchs|
|Pepi I||49 years|
|Merenre I||14 years||incursions into Asia|
|Pepi II||94 years||business with the Land of Punt|
|Merenre II||1 year||Sargon I established the Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia, that extended from Iran to Mediterranean|