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Overseer of the Priests (ancient Egyptian: mr-ḥm-nṯr.w) was an ancient Egyptian religious occupational title held by a high ranking priest. The duty of an Overseer of the Priest was to supervise and inspect his fellow priests within a priesthood. The holders of this title often held important secular occupations as well, such as Mayor of their priesthood's town.[1] The title can apply on a specific temple priesthood or in its most prestigious form "Overseer of the Priests of Upper and Lower Egypt" on all priesthoods in ancient Egypt.

The title's female equivalent during the New Kingdom was "Overseer of the Chantresses". By this time, the role of women in the priesthood focussed primarily on music and dance, which was fulfilled by Chantresses rather than Priestesses.

Overseer of the Priests

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  1. Quirke 2004, p. 111-112.


  • Quirke, S., 2004: Titles and bureaux of Egypt 1850-1700 BC. London.