Teti is recorded as the founder of the Sixth Dynasty of ancient Egypt in the Turin Kings List, a view supported by Manetho. It is suggested that there was a period of dynastic instability when Unas died without an heir, and that Teti married Unas´s daughter Iput to gain the throne. He took the throne name Seheteptawy ("he who pacifies the two lands") which seems to support this theory. The length of his reign is uncertain, but Manetho suggests he was Pharaoh for between 30 and 33 years.

Teti drew back power to the central government, moving away from the semi-autonomous system begun by Djedkare. He issued a decree in favour of the temple of Abydos, and is the first king to be associated with the cult of Hathor in Dendara. His pyramid is relatively small, but surrounded by some of the most important Mastabas of Saqqara. The pyramid itself has deteriorated badly, but excerpts of the Pyramid Texts have survived inside the monument.

The Pharaoh was allegedly murdered by his own body guards for unknown reasons, but in later times, Teti's memory was especially honoured as "Teti, beloved of Ptah".


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