The History of Egypt for Kids - King Huni

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Ancient Egyptians - Pharaoh Huni
A comprehensive guide and fact sheet about King Huni and the Meidum pyramid. Discover fascinating facts and information about the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.
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The 3rd dynasty and period in history when he was the pharaoh
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The life and accomplishments of this ancient Egyptian King
His consort, Queen Meresankh, and family
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Profile of Pharaoh Huni
The following profile provides a fast overview of King Huni who was famous for erecting the large Meidum pyramid complex in the Faiyum area and was the last ruler of the Third Dynasty of ancient Egyptian kings.

Profile of Huni

History Time Period:Old Kingdom
Dynasty:3rd Dynasty
Dates of his Reign:2599–2575 BC
Principal Wife:Queen Meresankh

King Huni
Interesting facts, biography & information about the life of Pharaoh Huni, the ancient Egyptian King. The Pharaoh Huni fact sheet provides details of the major events and accomplishments in his life, his consort and his family. Information about the dynasty and period in ancient Egyptian history in which King Huni lived. Refer to Pharaohs for additional interesting facts and information.

Ancient Egyptian King - Huni Fact Sheet

Fact 1 on Huni:

Name: This pharaoh of ancient Egypt was also known as Houni, Hoeni. Huni was also known as "The Smiter".

Fact 2 on Huni:

History: Huni ruled as the king of Egypt during the period in ancient Egyptian history known as the Old Kingdom and was a pharaoh of the 3rd dynasty of kings by right of inheritance. He succeeded Pharaoh Khaba to the throne of Egypt.

Fact 3 on Huni:

Family: The name of his parents are unknown. There are no records that the previous king, Khaba, had a son and his relationship to this king is unknown.

Fact 4 on Huni:

Family: He married Meresankh, whose status and title was the "King’s Wife", that indicated she was not his main wife. It was acceptable for the king of Egypt to practise Polygamy, meaning he had more than one wife at the same time. Having several wives or concubines in the Royal Harem enabled the pharaoh to maintain the 3rd dynasty and ensure the line of succession of his family.

Fact 5 on Huni:

Meresankh may have been one of the king's 'lesser wives' but she was the mother of Snefru who would succeed his father to the throne of Egypt and reach eternal fame due to the construction of the Snefru is the first king to build a true pyramid in ancient Egypt.

Fact 6 on Huni:

King Huni also had a daughter called Hetepheres who would become the consort of her brother, or half brother, Snefru. She would become the mother of Khufu who was also known as Cheops.

Fact 7 on Huni:

The powerful government role of "seal-bearer of the king of Lower Egypt", effectively made the holder of the title the High Chancellor and second in power only to the king and often referred to as Viziers.

Fact 8 on Huni:

The name of the High Chancellor (Vizier) to Huni was a man called Kagemi. Kagemi was a man of extraordinary talent, often referred to as a 'Sage' and was famous for his sound judgment and prudence. It was Kagemi who guided the king throughout his reign and he went on to assume the same role under the next king, Snefru.

Ancient Egyptian King - Huni Fact Sheet

Pyramid at Meidum

Meidum Pyramid of King Huni

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King Huni
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Ancient Egyptian King - Huni Fact Sheet

Fact 9 on Huni:

One of the tasks of Kagemi would have been to organise conscripted Egyptians to work on the ambitious building projects of the king. This was organised in such a way that conscripted labor was only required of Egyptian men for a few weeks in every year, ensuring the agriculture and commerce of ancient Egypt was not unduly effected.

Fact 10 on Huni:

There is scant information about the reign of this pharaoh but his title of "The Smiter" is perhaps a clue that he initiated successful military campaigns against the enemies of Egypt. During early Egyptian history the nomadic Bedouin tribes were fiercely fought by the ancient Egyptians in order to keep control of the quarries and mines in the desert areas of the Sinai, Canaan, Syria and Arabia.

Fact 11 on Huni:

The Stone Quarries were of great importance to the king enabling the extraction of stone building materials required for his extensive building projects.

Fact 12 on Huni:

Several small, pyramid-shaped, monuments have been associated with this king. They do not contain internal chambers, so they are not tombs. They are believed to act as boundary markers of land owned specifically by the king, or perhaps cenotaphs dedicated to close members of his family. (Many, many years later ordinary, non-royal but wealthy Egyptians, would use pyramid-shaped monuments as grave markers).

Fact 13 on Huni:

King Huni reportedly erected a brick pyramidal tomb at Abu Roash 8 km north of Giza. This layered brick pyramid is very small and badly damaged. The Mud bricks used for its construction was unusual for the 3rd Dynasty who were using stone for their monuments built at this time.

Fact 14 on Huni:

The major building project was the construction of his Step Pyramid at Meidum.

Meidum Step pyramid

Meidum Step pyramid

Fact 15 on Huni:

The great Meidum monument was the first true pyramid constructed in ancient Egypt as the architectes decided to cover the steps with a covering of limestone.

Fact 16 on Huni:

The construction of this innovative pyramid, initiated by Pharaoh Huni, was never completed during his lifetime. It was finished by his son and successor – King Snefru.

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King Huni and the 3rd Dynasty
The following chart provides the names of the kings and the line of succession in the 3rd Dynasty together with a map of ancient Egypt.

3rd Dynasty



Dates of Reign

Nebka (Sanakhte)2686–2630 BC

Djoser2630–2611 BC

Sekhemkhet aka Djoserty2611–2601 BC

King Khaba2603–2599 BC

King Huni2599–2575 BC
Succession of the Kings

Meidum Step pyramid

Meidum Step pyramid

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