Scorpion I

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Scorpion I
Pharaoh of Egypt
Reign Unknown, Protodynastic
Previous pharaoh U-k unknown
Next pharaoh Double Falcon or U-i
Burial Tomb U-j,
Umm el-Qa'ab, Abydos

Scorpion I was the first of two kings so-named of Upper Egypt during the Protodynastic Period. His name may refer to the scorpion goddess Serket.

He is believed to have lived in Thinis one or two centuries before the rule of the better known King Scorpion of Nekhen. To him belongs the U-j tomb found in the royal cemetery of Abydos where Thinite kings were buried.

In contemporary fiction[change | edit source]

  • William Golding's novel The Scorpion God is loosely based upon this period of Egyptian history.
  • The 2001 adventure film The Mummy Returns features a fictionalized account of the "Scorpion King" of Egypt, a character who went on to have his own spin-off in the 2002 film, The Scorpion King.