Intef II


2117 - 2069 BC


A Stela found within the tomb of Intef II - it shows some of the King's favourite hunting dogs. Also on the stela there is mention of the dispute between the Theban dynasty and the Herakleopolitan dynasties.

Intef II succeeded his father and continued the war against the Hierakonpolis rulers (Khety III - the last great king of Herakleopolis). Intef II consolidated the gains made by his father in Upper Egypt and the battles of his reign centered mainly on the 13th, 15th and 16th nomes of Middle Egypt.
A statue of Intef II (wearing a sed-festival robe) found at Elephantine indicates that his power could have extended over the First Cataract and possibly into Nubia.
When he died Intef II controlled the whole of Upper Egypt to as far north to just south of Asyut.
Inscriptions from the tomb of Hetepi at Elkab describe a famine during the reign.
The lower portion of a stela (found by Mariette) outside Intef II's tomb show him with his 5 hunting dogs, but more importantly describe his conquests:-
after restoring a number of temples Intef II explains how he established his northern boundary at the 10th (or Aphroditopolite) nome. He also relates how he captured the whole of the Abydos territory and opened all its prisons.

During his reign Intef II extended the his boundary northwards to the 10th nome (Antaeopolis).



Stela from Intef II's tomb 

Tomb Complex of Intef II at el-Tariff (Saff el-Kisasiya)

Stela of King Intef II (from his tomb)

[An offering which the king gives (and) Osiris: an offering of a thousand bread and beer], a thousand of ointment jars and clothing, a thousand of everything good, to one honoured by Re-Atum in his evenings, honoured by Hathor [who nurses the dawn]. He says:

Will you depart, father Re, before you commend me?
Will sky conceal you before you commend me?
Commend <me> to night and those dwelling in it
So as to find [me among your adorers], O Re,
Who worship you at your risings,
Who lament at your settings.
May night embrace me, midnight shelter me
By your command, O Re ---------
I am your deputy, you made me lord of life, undying.
Commend <me> to night's early hours:
May they place their guard upon me;
Commend <me> to [early dawn]:
May he put his guard about me;
I am the nursling of early dawn,
I am the nursling of night's early hours,
Born at night, whose life is made [in darkness],
Whose fear [besets] the herds with the back-turned horns.
With your eye's red glow as my protection
You find me [hailing] your approach!

O you lords of the western sky,
O you gods of the western sky,
O you who rule the shores of the western sky,
Who rejoice at Hathor's coming,
Who love to see her beauty rise!
I let her know, I say at her side
That I rejoice in seeing her!
My hands do "come to me, come to me"
My body says, my lips repeat:
Holy music for Hathor, music a million times
Because you love music, million times music
To your Ka wherever you are!
I am he who makes the singer waken music for Hathor,
Every day at any hour she wishes.
May your heart be at peace with music,
May you proceed in goodly peace,
May you rejoice in life and gladness
With Horus who loves you,
Who feasts with you on your foods,
Who eats with you of the offerings,
May you admit me to it every day!
Horus Wahankh, honoured by Osiris, Son of Re, Intef, born of Nefru.