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Meryre (I)
High Priest of the Aten
Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh Akhenaten
Burial Amarna Tomb 4

The Egyptian noble Meryre (also Merire) was the only certain High Priest of the Aten. Amongst his other titles were Hereditary Noble and High Official and Fan-bearer on the Right Side of the King[1] which emphasise his closeness to the king.[2]

He had a tomb constructed at Amarna, Tomb 4, although his remains have never been identified. (See Tombs of the Nobles.)

It is possible that he is identical to an official known from a Memphite tomb, this official appears in his tomb with two names: Meryneith and Meryre. The latter name he was bearing in the Amarna period, while Meryneith was his name before this period and after; in his inscriptions Meryneith bears also the title of a high priest of Aton.[3]

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  1. ^ Breasted (1906) §988
  2. ^ "TOMB N°4, Amarna". Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  3. ^ René van Walsem, in: Maarten J. Raven, René van Walsem: The Tomb of Meryneith at Saqqara, Turnhout 2014, ISBN 978-2-503-54876-0, 41, 47


  • J. H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, Chicago 1906, Part Two, §§.982-988