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Ancient Egypt
1. Introduction
2. People
3. Life styles
4. Culture
5. Education and Science
6. Society
7. Economy
8. Government
9. Cities and Villages
10. Language
11. Religion
12. Kings / periods
13. History
14. Map



























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Open map of Ancient EgyptAncient Egypt / Old Kingdom / 3rd Dynasty /
Huni



Granite head of an Old Kingdom king, most likely Huni. Now in Brooklyn museum, USA.
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Granite head of an Old Kingdom king, most likely Huni. Now in Brooklyn museum, USA.

Pyramid of Huni. Meidum, Egypt.
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Pyramid of Huni. Meidum.

Entrance into the mastaba next to the pyramid of Huni. Meidum, Egypt.
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Entrance into the mastaba next to the pyramid of Huni.

King of Egypt, last and 5th king of the 3rd Dynasty, ruling 2637-2613 BCE, 24 years.
Huni is is the only possible candidate for building the very first attempt to built a real pyramid at Meidum. Its core was a steep step-pyramid, which was encased in Tura limestone. Snefru is often accredited the pyramid, or at least completing it, but he can hardly be its original builder, being solely responsible for two gigantic pyramids at Dahshur within his 24 year reign. Huni's pyramid would later collapse, leaving only its stepped core standing and with the limestone casing in rubble on every side. The collapse probably happened within 1200 years of the pyramid's completion, perhaps even within the reign of his successor, Snefru.
He is also noted for commanding the building of a fortress at Elephantine, the cultural southern border of Egypt to Nubia. Here are also the ruins of a true pyramid, though small, believed to have been built by the command of Huni. Its purpose is not decided, but it was not a tomb.
His reign appears to have been a successful one, reflected in his vizier having been highly respected and long remembered; Khagemni.
He was preceded by Khaba. With Huni ends the 3rd dynasty, but he is believed to have been father of Hetepheres, the queen of Snefru, the next Egyptian king and founder of the 4th Dynasty.





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By Tore Kjeilen