Huni in Wikipedia
Huni was the last Pharaoh of Egypt of the Third dynasty. He was the successor to
Huni was the father of Hetepheres I, the wife of Sneferu who was the first king
of the Fourth Dynasty. Huni was succeeded by Sneferu according to the Papyrus
Prisse ("The Instructions by Kagemni"), but it is not known if Sneferu was a son
Huni is mentioned amongst the names of high officials from the court of Djoser,
and if this was indeed the same man as this pharaoh, it is possible that Huni
came to the throne at a very venerable age. He is credited with a 24-year reign
in the Turin King List.
Huni established a fortress on the island of Elephantine, securing the southern
border of Egypt at the First Cataract.
Huni's vizier was a man named Kagemi.
Huni is sometimes credited with building a great stepped pyramid at Meidum which
was to be larger than that of Djoser. It was supposedly left unfinished at the
time of his death, thus his successor Sneferu, it is said, completed it near the
beginning of his reign. If this view arises from the desire amongst historians
to have a significant monument attributed to Huni, there is no evidence that the
Meidum pyramid was his burial place. The name of Sneferu, however, has been
found at Meidum, and many of Sneferu's children, particularly princes Nefermaat
and Rahotep, have been buried in mastabas at the Meidum necropolis. Thus it
seems more likely that it was Sneferu who had the pyramid built and, later on
during his reign, transformed it from the stepped pyramid into a true pyramid by
having its sides smoothed. The pyramid has since collapsed, leaving only its
Another pyramid exists which was very likely built by Huni, but this is a small
ceremonial pyramid. The ruins of this pyramid have been found at Elephantine.
This pyramid was not a tomb, nor did it have a surrounding necropolis or temple
complex. Its real function and religious significance remain unknown. However,
many similar small, ceremonial, pyramids have been found, built by Old Kingdom
pharaohs throughout Egypt.
The Horus name of the king is not known with any confidence. However, in the
late 1960s, the Louvre bought a relief showing a king Horus Qahedjet. For
stylistical reasons the relief belongs to the Third Dynasty and it seems
possible that it belongs to Huni, whose Horus-name it provides. - Wikipedia