Herodotus on Nitocris (Ntikrty)

The Turin Kings list records a pharaoh called Nitocris after Pepi II (or after Merenre II) at the end of the sixth dynasty.

Herodotus claimed that Queen Nitocris (Ntikrty) sought vengeance for the murder of her brother, the king. She constructed a banqueting hall with an inbuilt water inlet, and arranged for those she held responsible to be lured there by a great feast and then drowned. To escape the vengeance of her enemies, she threw herself into a room of embers (sounds like a bad way to go).

It is often stated that there never was a queen with this name, but rather a scribal error is to blame.

Herodotus: Pharaohs

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