Mentemhe was first mentioned in the Rassam cylinder of
Ashurbanipal, where he figures as 'king of Thebes'. He
was, in fact, only the fourth prophet of Amun, though he
was descended from a distinguished priestly family. It is
certain that he overshadowed the first prophet. His
grandfather was a Vizier, and his father was mayor of Ne.
He has numerous monuments, and are confined, for the most
part to Thebes, but it is likely that his influence and
authority may have extended as far north as Abydos.
However powerful, Mentemhe regarded himself as nothing
more than a faithful subject of the Ethiopian King he