List of pharaohs

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Pharaoh of Egypt
Former Monarchy
Double crown.svg
The Pschent combined the Red Crown of Lower Egypt and the White Crown of Upper Egypt.
Pharaoh.svg
A typical depiction of a pharaoh.
First monarch Narmer (a.k.a. Menes)
Last monarch Nectanebo II
(last native)[1]
Cleopatra & Caesarion
(last actual)
Style Five-name titulary
Official residence Varies by era
Appointer Divine right
Monarchy started c. 3100 BC
Monarchy ended 343 BC
(last native pharaoh)[1]
30 BC
(last Greek pharaohs)

This is a list of the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. It starts in the Early Dynastic Period, before 3100 BC. It ends with the Ptolemaic Dynasty, when Egypt became a province of Rome under Augustus Caesar in 30 BC.

The dates given are approximate. The list of pharaohs uses the dates of Ancient Egypt, developed by the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.[2]

Old lists of pharaohs[change | change source]

There are old lists of pharaohs which have been discovered. These are not complete:

Other lists can be found in Herodotus, Diodorus Siculus, and Eratosthenes. Two other lists are not believed to be reliable, these are the work of "the Arabic writers", and the Book of Sothis.

Legendary period[change | change source]

In the legendary period, there were eight god kings who ruled over Egypt. The Palermo, Turin and Manetho king lists, have different names for the eight god kings.

Turin King List Manetho
(Greek name)
Function
Ptah Hephaestus
(Ptah)
Craftsmen & Creation
Ra Helios
(Apollo)
Sun
Shu Aelos or Agathosdaimon (perhaps Sothis?)
(Shu)
Air
Geb Gaia
(Demeter)
Earth
Osiris Hades Afterlife
Seth Typhon
(Set)
Chaos
Horus Ares War
Thoth Athena Knowledge
Ma'at Order

The god kings were followed by kings who were part god and part human. The old lists are different in naming these rulers.

Turin King List Length Manetho Length
Second dynasty of gods unknown Dynasty of Halfgods unknown
Three Achu-Dynasties unknown 30 Kings from Memphis 1790 years
Dynasty of Disciples of Horus unknown 10 Kings from Thinis 350 years

Archaic period[change | change source]

The Archaic period includes the Early Dynastic Period, when Lower Egypt and Upper Egypt were ruled as separate kingdoms.

Early Dynastic: Lower Egypt[change | change source]

Lower Egypt was the northern Nile and the Nile Delta. The list may not be complete:

Name Comments Dates
Hsekiu[3] Only listed on the Palermo Stone  ?
Khayu[3] Only listed on the Palermo Stone  ?
Tiu[3] Only listed on the Palermo Stone  ?
Thesh[3] Only listed on the Palermo Stone  ?
Neheb[3] Only listed on the Palermo Stone  ?
Wazner[3] Only listed on the Palermo Stone c. 3100 BC?
Mekh[3] Only listed on the Palermo Stone  ?
(destroyed)[3] Only listed on the Palermo Stone  ?
Double Falcon Also known through finds from Sinai and Lower Egypt c. 3200 BC?

Early Dynastic: Upper Egypt[change | change source]

Upper Egypt was the Nile Valley, south of the Delta. The following list may not be complete (there are many more of uncertain existence):

Name Image Comments Dates
Scorpion I Oldest tomb at Umm el-Qa'ab had scorpion symbol c. 3200 BC?
Iry-Hor
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Possibly the immediate predecessor of Ka. c. 3150 BC?
Ka[4][5]
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Maybe read Sekhen rather than Ka. Possibly the immediate predecessor of Narmer. c. 3100 BC
King Scorpion
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Possibly could read Serqet; maybe the same person as Narmer. c. 3150 BC
Narmer
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The king who combined Upper and Lower Egypt.[6] c. 3150 BC

First Dynasty[change | change source]

The First Dynasty ruled from about 3150 to 2890 BC.

Name Image Comments Dates
Narmer
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Believed to be the same person as Menes and to have unified Upper and Lower Egypt. c. 3150 BC
Hor-Aha
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c. 3050 BC
Djer
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41 years
Djet
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10 years[7]
Merneith
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Female Regent for Den, may have ruled as pharaoh in her own right
Den
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First pharaoh shown wearing the double crown of Egypt, first pharaoh with a golden Horus name. 42 years[7]
Anedjib
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10 years
Semerkhet
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9 years
Qa'a
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2916?–2890 BC

In the interregnum between the first and second dynasties, two short lived pharaohs may have reigned :

Name Image Comments Dates
Sneferka
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Very short reign c. 2900 BC
Horus Bird
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Very short reign c. 2900 BC

Second Dynasty[change | change source]

The Second Dynasty ruled c. 2890–2686 BC.

Name Image Comments Dates
Hotepsekhemwy[8]
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25–29 years
Raneb[9]
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Name may be read Nebra rather than Raneb. Could be the same person as Weneg.[10] 10–14 years
Nynetjer[11]
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May have divided Egypt between his successors 43–45 years
Weneg[12]
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Could be an independent ruler or the same as Sekhemib-Perenmaat or Raneb
Senedj[13]
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Possibly the same person as Seth Peribsen [14]
Seth-Peribsen[15]
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May have reigned over Upper Egypt only, could be the same person as Senedj or Sekhemib-Perenmaat.[16]
Sekhemib-Perenmaat
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May have reigned over Upper Egypt only, could be the same person as Seth-Peribsen.[16]
Khasekhem(wy)[17][18]
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Reunified Egypt after a period of troubles ca. 2690 BC 17–18 years

Old Kingdom[change | change source]

The Old Kingdom was a peak of civilisation and achievement. This was the first of three so-called "Kingdom" periods which mark the high points of civilization in the Nile Valley. It began when Egypt was ruled by the Third Dynasty through the Sixth Dynasty (2686–2181 BC). Many Egyptologists also include the Memphite Seventh and Eighth Dynasties in the Old Kingdom. The Old Kingdom was followed by a period of disunity called the First Intermediate Period, or as the Egyptians called it, the "first illness."

The royal capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom was at Memphis. This is where Djoser set up his court. The Old Kingdom is known for the large number of pyramids. These were built as tombs for the pharoahs. The Old Kingdom is called "the Age of the Pyramids".

Third Dynasty[change | change source]

The Third Dynasty ruled from 2686 to 2613 BC.

Name Image Comments Dates
Djoser[19][20]
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Ordered the first pyramid in Egypt, known as The Step Pyramid. Built by the chief architect and scribe, Imhotep[21] 19 or 28 years ca. 2670 BC; Radiocarbon dates start reign between 2691 and 2625[22]
Sekhemkhet[23]
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Imhotep helped build his unfinished step pyramid 2649–2643
Sanakhte
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Could be the same as Nebka c. 2650
Khaba
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Built an unfinished step pyramid 2643–2637
Huni[24]
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Could be the same as Qahedjet, may have started the Meidum pyramid 2637–2613

Fourth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Fourth Dynasty ruled from 2613 to 2498 BC. It included the pharaohs who had the Great Pyramids built, Khufu (Cheops), Khafra (Chephren) and Menkaura (Mycerinus).

Name Image Comments Dates
Sneferu
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Built the Meidum Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid (341 ft/103m from the base to the tip). The Bent Pyramid has normal angles at the bottom but changes at the top. He also built the first "true" pyramid, the Red Pyramid. Some say that he was buried in the Red Pyramid, while others say that he was buried in the Bent Pyramid. Bones have been found at the Red Pyramid, but there is no evidence that this is Sneferu's body.
2613–2589 BC
Khufu
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Greek form: Cheops. Built the great pyramid of Giza. In some early sources, Khufu is listed as the "third" of his family to rule, but there is no known record of a pharaoh between Sneferu and Khufu. It is possible that there might have been a short reign of some elder brother of Khufu, whose inscriptions, names, and monuments have gone for one reason or another.
2589–2566 BC
Djedefra (Radjedef)
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Believed to have created the Great Sphinx of Giza as a monument to his father. He also created a pyramid at Abu Rawash. The stones from this pyramid were reused by the Romans. The pyramid may have been the highest ever built, about 20 meters taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza, because of its elevated location rather than the size from base to tip.
2566–2558 BC
Khafre
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Greek form: Chephren His pyramid is the second largest in Giza. Some Egyptologists say he was the builder of the Great Sphinx of Giza.
2558–2532 BC
Here some sources have Bikheris, following Manetho
Menkaura
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Greek form: Mycerinus. His pyramid is the third and smallest in Giza.
2532–2503 BC
Shepseskaf
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Did not build a pyramid and instead had the Mastabat el-Fara'un made for himself
2503–2498 BC
Djedefptah Here some sources put Djedefptah also known as Thampthis, following Manetho

Fifth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Fifth Dynasty ruled from 2498 to 2345 BC.

Name Image Comments Dates
Userkaf
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Buried in a pyramid in Saqqara. Built the first solar temple at Abusir.
2498–2491 BC
Sahure
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Moved the royal necropolis to Abusir, where he built his pyramid.
2490–2477 BC
Neferirkare Kakai
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2477–2467 BC
Shepseskare
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Reigned most likely after Neferefre and for only a few months.[25]
2467–2460 BC
Neferefre
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2460–2458 BC
Nyuserre Ini
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2445–2422 BC
Menkauhor Kaiu
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2422–2414 BC
Djedkare Isesi
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2414–2375 BC
Unas
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His pyramid is inscribed with the earliest known pyramid texts
2375–2345 BC

Sixth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Sixth Dynasty ruled from 2345 to 2181 BC.

Name Image Comments Dates
Teti
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Was possibly murdered by Userkare
2345–2333 BC
Userkare
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Reigned one to five years, may have murdered Teti to get the throne.
2333–2332 BC
Meryre Pepi I
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2332–2283 BC
Merenre Nemtyemsaf I
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2283–2278 BC
Neferkare Pepi II
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Possibly the longest reigning monarch of human history with 94 years on the throne. Alternatively, it may "only" been 64 years.
2278–2184 BC
Neferka Only mentioned in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. Ruled at the same time as Pepi II; was possibly his son or co-ruler.
2200–2199 BC
Merenre Nemtyemsaf II[26]
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Short lived pharaoh, possibly an aged son of Pepi II.
1 year and 1 month c. 2184 BC
Neitiqerty Siptah
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Identical with Netjerkare. This male king gave rise to the legendary queen Nitocris of Herodotus and Manetho.[27] Sometimes listed as the first king of the combined 7th/8th Dynasties. Short reign: c. 2184 BC - 2181 BC

First Intermediate Period[change | change source]

The First Intermediate Period (2181–2060 BC) is between the end of the Old Kingdom and the start of the Middle Kingdom.

The Old Kingdom rapidly collapsed after the death of Pepi II. He had reigned for 94 years, longer than any monarch in history, and died aged 100. The latter years of his reign were marked by inefficiency because of his advanced age.

The Union of the Two Kingdoms fell apart and regional leaders had to cope with the resulting famine.

Around 2160 BC, a new line of pharaohs tried to reunite Lower Egypt from their capital in Herakleopolis Magna. Another line of pharaohs at Thebes was reuniting Upper Egypt and a clash between the two rival dynasties was inevitable.

Around 2055 BC, Mentuhotep II, the son and successor of pharaoh Intef III defeated the Herakleopolitan pharaohs and reunited the Two Lands. This was the start of the Middle Kingdom.

Seventh and Eighth Dynasties (combined)[change | change source]

The Seventh and Eighth Dynasties ruled from c. 2181 to c. 2160 BC. Many of the kings only ruled for a short time from Memphis, with Egypt divided into competing regions. This table is based on the Abydos King List dating to the reign of Seti I,[28] and the Turin canon.[29]

Name Image Comments Dates
Menkare
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Neferkare II
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Neferkare (III) Neby
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Known by texts in the tomb of his mother Ankhesenpepi. He started building a pyramid in Saqqara.
Djedkare Shemai
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Neferkare (IV) Khendu
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Merenhor
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Some authorities place Merenhor here
Neferkamin
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Nikare
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Possibly proved by a cylinder-seal.
Neferkare (V) Tereru
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Neferkahor
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Proved by a cylinder seal.
Neferkare (VI) Pepiseneb
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Neferkamin Anu
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Qakare Ibi
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Built a pyramid at Saqqara. with the last known Pyramid Texts 2169–2167 BC
Neferkaure
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His name is found at the temple of Min at Coptos. 2167–2163 BC
Neferkauhor Khuwihapi
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His name is found in the temple of Min and text in the tomb of Shemay. 2163–2161 BC
Neferirkare
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He could be horus Demedjibtawy, where his name is found in the temple of Min. 2161–2160 BC

Ninth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Ninth Dynasty[30] ruled from 2160 to 2130 BC. The Turin King List has 18 kings in the Ninth and Tenth Dynasties. Of these, twelve names are missing and four are not complete.[30]

Name Image Comments Dates
Meryibre Khety I (Acthoes I)
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Manetho wrote that Achthoes was the first pharoah in this dynasty. 2160–?
-  ?
Neferkare VII -  ?
Nebkaure Khety II (Acthoes II)
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-  ?
Senenh— or Setut -  ?
-  ?
Mery— -  ?
Shed— -  ?
H— -  ?

Tenth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Tenth Dynasty was a local group that ruled over Lower Egypt from 2130 to 2040 BC.

Name Image Comments Dates
Meryhathor 2130–?
Neferkare VIII  ?
Wahkare Khety (Acthoes III)  ?
Merykare
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 ?–2040

Eleventh Dynasty[change | change source]

The Eleventh Dynasty was a local group from Upper Egypt that ruled from 2134 to 1991 BC. The 11th dynasty came from a group of Theban nomarchs who served the kings of the 8th, 9th or 10th dynasty.

Name Image Comments Dates
Intef the Elder
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Theban nomarch, who served an unnamed king, now said to be first king of the 11th Dynasty.

The successors of Intef the Elder, starting with Mentuhotep I, eventually conquered Egypt under Mentuhotep II.

Name Image Comments Dates
Mentuhotep I
Statue Mentuhotep-aa by Khruner.jpg
A Theban nomarch but may have ruled independently.
?–2134 BC
Intef I
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First member of the dynasty to claim a Horus name.
2134–2117 BC
Intef II
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Conquered Abydos and its nome.
2117–2069 BC
Intef III
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Conquered Asyut and possibly moved further north up to the 17th nome.[31]
2069–2060 BC

Middle Kingdom[change | change source]

The Middle Kingdom (2060–1802 BC) started at the end of the First Intermediate Period to the beginning of the Second Intermediate Period. Some scholars include the Eleventh, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Dynasties in the Middle Kingdom. The Middle Kingdom began to trade outside of the kingdom. This opening of trade led to the downfall of the Middle Kingdom, caused by an invasion from the Hyksos.

Eleventh Dynasty continued[change | change source]

The second part of the Eleventh Dynasty is considered to be part of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt.

Name Image Comments Dates
Mentuhotep II[32]
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Gained all Egypt about 2015 BC, Middle Kingdom begins.
2060–2010 BC
Mentuhotep III[33]
Mentuhotep-OsirideStatue-CloseUp MuseumOfFineArtsBoston.png
Commanded the first expedition to Punt of the Middle Kingdom
2010–1998 BC
Mentuhotep IV[34]
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Little known pharaoh not found on later king lists; tomb unknown. May have been overthrown by his vizier and successor Amenemhat I.
1997–1991 BC

Twelfth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Twelfth Dynasty ruled from 1991 to 1802 BC. It is considered by later Egyptians to have been their greatest dynasty.

Name Image Comments Dates
Amenemhat I[35][36]
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Seized power after overthrowing Mentuhotep IV, and was later murdered.
1991–1962 BC
Senusret I[37] (Sesostris I)
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Built the White Chapel
1971–1926 BC
Amenemhat II[38]
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1929–1895 BC
Senusret II[39] (Sesostris II)
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1897–1878 BC
Senusret III[40] (Sesostris III)
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Most powerful of the Middle Kingdom pharaohs.
1878–1860 BC
Amenemhat III[41]
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1860–1815 BC
Amenemhat IV[42]
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Had a co-regency lasting at least one year based on a text found at Konosso.
1815–1807 BC
Sobekneferu[43]
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A rare female ruler.
1807–1802 BC

Second Intermediate Period[change | change source]

The Second Intermediate Period (1802–1550 BC) was a time of chaos between the end of the Middle Kingdom, and the start of the New Kingdom. During this time, the Hyksos, who later became the Fifteenth Dynasty, arrived in Egypt.

The Thirteenth Dynasty was much weaker than the Twelfth Dynasty, and was unable to hold onto the two lands of Egypt. Either at the start of the dynasty, c. 1805 BC or toward the middle of it in c. 1710 BC, the ruling family in Xois, located in the marshes of the eastern Delta, broke away from the central authority to form the Canaanite Fourteenth Dynasty.

The Hyksos made their first appearance during the reign of Sobekhotep IV. About 1720 BC they took control of the town of Avaris (the modern Tell el-Dab'a/Khata'na), conquering the kingdom of the 14th dynasty. About 1650 BC the Hyksos, perhaps led by Salitis the founder of the Fifteenth Dynasty, conquered Memphis, which ended the 13th dynasty. When the 13th dynasty collapsed, the 16th dynasty to declared its independence in Thebes. It was soon taken over by the Hyksos kings..

When the Hyksos left Upper Egypt, the Egyptian ruling house in Thebes set itself up as the Seventeenth Dynasty. This dynasty under Seqenenre Tao, Kamose and Ahmose, first pharaoh of the New Kingdom, forced the Hyksos out of Egypt and back into Asia

Thirteenth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Thirteenth Dynasty (following the Turin King List) ruled from 1802 to around 1649 BC. Manetho said it lasted for about 154 years.

Name Image Comments Dates
Sekhemre Khutawy Sobekhotep
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Started the 13th Dynasty. There is a lot of evidence to prove his reign. He is now known as Sobekhotep I, but as Sobekhotep II in older studies 1802–1800 BC[44]
Sonbef
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Perhaps a brother of Sekhemre Khutawy Sobekhotep and son of Amenemhat IV[44] 1800 BC - 1796 BC[44]
Nerikare
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1796 BC
Sekhemkare
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Ruled for about four years[44] 1796–1793 BC[44]
Ameny Qemau Buried in his pyramid in south Dashur 1795–1792 BC
Hotepibre
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Also called Sehotepibre 1792–1790 BC
Iufni Only named on the Turin list. Very short reign, possibly c. 1790 – 1788 BC[44]
Amenemhet VI
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1788–1785 BC
Semenkare Nebnuni
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1785–1783 BC[44] or 1739 BC[45]
Sehetepibre
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1783–1781 BC[44]
Sewadjkare Known only from the Turin list
Nedjemibre Known only from the Turin list 7 months, 1780 BC[44] or 1736 BC[46]
Khaankhre Sobekhotep
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Now known as Sobekhotep II, but as Sobekhotep I in older studies Reigned c. 3 years, 1780–1777 BC[44]
Renseneb Ruled for four months 1777 BC[44]
Awybre Hor I
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Famous for his intact tomb treasure and Ka statue Reigned 1 year and 6 months, 1777–1775 BC[44]
Sekhemrekhutawy Khabaw
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Possibly a son of Hor Awibre Estimated reign 3 years, 1775–1772 BC[44]
Djedkheperew
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Possibly a son of Hor Awibre and brother of Khabaw, previously identified with Khendjer Estimated reign 2 years, 1772–1770 BC[44]
Sebkay
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Possibly two kings, Seb and his son Kay.[44]
Sedjefakare
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A well known king listed on numerous stelas and other documents. 5 to 7 years or 3 years, 1769–1766 BC[44]
Wegaf
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Founder of the dynasty in old studies c. 1767 BC
Khendjer
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Possibly the first semitic pharaoh, built a pyramid at Saqqara Minimum 4 years and 3 months c. 1765 BC
Imyremeshaw
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Known by two colossal statues Reigned less than 10 years, starting 1759 BC[44] or 1711 BC.[47]
Sehetepkare Intef IV
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 ?
Seth Meribre  ?
Sobekhotep III
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Ruled for four years and two months c. 1755–1751 BC
Neferhotep I
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Ruled for 11 years 1751–1740 BC
Sihathor Perhaps a ruled with with his brother Neferhotep I 1739 BC[44]
Sobekhotep IV
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Ruled for 10 or 11 years 1740–1730 BC
Merhotepre Sobekhotep V
Statue of Merhotepre Sobekhotep V.jpg
c. 1730 BC
Khahotepre Sobekhotep VI
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Ruled for 4 years 8 months and 29 days c. 1725 BC
Wahibre Ibiau
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Ruled for 10 years and 8 months 1725–1714 BC or 1712–1701 BC[44]
Merneferre Ay I
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Longest reigning king of the dynasty 23 years, 8 months and 18 days, 1701–1677 BC[44] or 1714–1691 BC
Merhotepre Ini
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Possibly a son of his predecessor 2 Years 3 or 4 Months and 9 days, 1677–1675 BC[44] or 1691–1689 BC
Sankhenre Sewadjtu Only known from the Turin list 3 years and 2–4 months, 1675–1672 BC[44]
Mersekhemre Ined
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May be the same person as Neferhotep II 3 years, 1672–1669 BC[44]
Sewadjkare Hori Ruled for five years  ?
Merkawre Sobekhotep VII Ruled for 2 years and 6 months [44] 1664–1663 BC[44]
Seven kings Names lost in a lacuna of the Turin canon [44] 1663 BC –?[44]
Mer[...]re  ?
Merkheperre
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Some time between 1663 BC and 1649 BC [44]
Merkare Some time between 1663 BC and 1649 BC [44]
Name lost  ?
Sewadjare Mentuhotep V
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c. 1655 BC[44]
[...]mosre  ?
Ibi [...]maatre  ?
Hor[...] [...]webenre  ?
Se...kare  ?  ?
Seheqenre Sankhptahi
Sankhptahi.jpg
May be the son of his predecessor  ?
...re  ?  ?
Se...enre  ?  ?–1649 BC [44]

The position of the following kings is uncertain:

Name Image Comments Dates
Dedumose I
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Possibly a king of the 16th dynasty c. 1654
Dedumose II
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Possibly a king of the 16th dynasty  ?
Sewahenre Senebmiu
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Late 13th dynasty. After 1660 BC.[44]
Snaaib
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Possibly a king of the Abydos Dynasty  ?

Fourteenth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Fourteenth Dynasty was a local group from the eastern Delta, based at Avaris.[48] They ruled from either from 1805 BC or c. 1710 BC until around 1650 BC. The dynasty had many rulers with West Semitic names and is believed to have been Canaanite in origin.

Name Image Comments Dates
Yakbim Sekhaenre
Sekhaenra scarab Petrie.png
Dates uncertain[48] 1805–1780 BC
Ya'ammu Nubwoserre
Scarab Nubwoserre UC16597.jpg
Dates uncertain[48] 1780–1770 BC
Qareh Khawoserre[48]
QarehScarabPetrie.png
Dates uncertain[48] 1770–1760 BC
'Ammu Ahotepre[48]
AahotepreScarabPetrie.png
Dates uncertain[48] 1760–1745 BC
Sheshi[49]
Canaanite - Scarab with Cartouche of King Sheshi - Walters 4217 - Bottom (2).jpg
Dates uncertain[48] 1745–1705 BC
Nehesy
NehesyScarabPetrie.png
Short reign, perhaps a son of Sheshi[48] c. 1705
Khakherewre -  ?
Nebefawre - c. 1704
Sehebre Maybe Wazad or Sheneh[44] -
Merdjefare Maybe Wazad or Sheneh[44] c. 1699
Sewadjkare III -  ?
Nebdjefare - c. 1694
Webenre -  ?
-  ?
Djefare? -  ?
Webenre c. 1690
Sekheperenre[48] Name known from a single scarab seal Ruled for two months, some time between 1690 BC and 1649 BC
Anati Djedkare[48] Only known from the Turin list
Bebnum[48] Only known from the Turin list
'Apepi[48] Listed as a king's son on five scarabs-seals

The position and identity of the following pharaohs is uncertain:

Name Image Comments Dates
Nuya[44] Name known from a scarab-seal
Wazad[44]
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May be identifiable with Sehebre or Merdjefare c. 1700 BC ?
Sheneh[44]
Sheneh.png
Maybe Sehebre or Merdjefare
Shenshek[44] Name known from a scarab-seal
Khamure[44]
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Yakareb[44]
Yakareb scarab.png
Yaqub-Har[49]
YaqubHar scarab Petrie 75.png
May belong to the 14th dynasty, the 15th dynasty or be a vassal of the Hyksos. 17th–16th centuries BCE

The Turin King List has extra names, but no other evidence has been found.

Fifteenth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Fifteenth Dynasty was started by the Hyksos people who emerged from the Fertile Crescent. They ruled over much of the Nile region, from 1674 to 1535 BC.

Name Image Comments Dates
Semqen
SemqenScarabPetrie.png
Chronological position uncertain. 1649 BC – ?
Aperanat
Aperanati scarab Petrie.png
Chronological position uncertain.
Sakir-Har -  ?
Khyan
Khyan.jpg
Conquered Thebes toward the end of his reign 30–40 years
Apepi
ScarabBearingNameOfApophis MuseumOfFineArtsBoston.png
- Ruled for 40 years or more
Khamudi
Cylinder Khondy Petrie.jpg
- 1555–1544

Abydos Dynasty[change | change source]

The Second Intermediate Period may include an independent dynasty reigning over Abydos from c. 1650 BC until 1600 BC.[50][51][52] There are four known kings in the Abydos Dynasty, the order in which they ruled is unknown:

Name Image Comments Dates
Wepwawetemsaf
Wepwawetemsaf.png
May belong to the late 16th Dynasty[53]
Pantjeny
Pantjeny stele BM Budge.png
May belong to the late 16th Dynasty[53]
Snaaib
Snaaib.jpg
May belong to the late 13th Dynasty.[54][55][56]
Senebkay
Cartouche Senebkay by Khruner.jpg
Tomb discovered in 2014. He maybe Woser[...]re of the Turin list.

Sixteenth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Sixteenth Dynasty was a native Theban dynasty. It began during the collapse of the Memphis-based 13th dynasty c. 1650 BC and finally conquered by the Hyksos 15th dynasty c. 1580 BC. The 16th dynasty only ruled over Upper-Egypt.

Name Image Comments Dates
Name of the first king is lost here in the Turin King List, and cannot be recovered
Djehuti 3 years
Sobekhotep VIII 16 years
Neferhotep III 1 year
Mentuhotepi May be a king of the 17th Dynasty[55] Ruled for one year
Nebiryraw I Sewadjenre
Sewadjenra Scarab Petrie.png
Ruled for 26 years
Nebiriau II
Semenre
Bebiankh Ruled for 12 years
Dedumose I
Djedhotepre Dedumose stele.png
May be a king of the 13th Dynasty[55]
Dedumose II
DjedneferreScarabPetrie.png
Montuemsaf
DjedankhraScarabPetrie.png
Merankhre Mentuhotep VI
Mentuhotep VI.jpg
Senusret IV
Senusret IV.png
Sekhemre Shedwast

The 16th Dynasty may have included the pharaohs Sneferankhre Pepi III[57] and Nebmaatre. Their chronological position is uncertain.[54][55]

Seventeenth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Seventeenth Dynasty was based in Upper Egypt and ruled from 1650 to 1550 BC:

Name Image Comments Dates
Rahotep
RahotepScarabsPetrie.png
-
c. 1620 BC
Sobekemsaf I
RedGraniteStatueOfSobkemsafI(Detail)-BritishMuseum-August19-08.jpg
Ruled at least seven years -
Sobekemsaf II
Sekhemre-shedtawy Sobekemsaf BM Budge.png
His tomb was robbed and burned during the rule of Ramesses IX -
Sekhemre-Wepmaat Intef V
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- -
Nubkheperre Intef VI
WoodenCoffinOfIntef-BritishMuseum-August21-08.jpg
Ruled more than three years -
Sekhemre-Heruhirmaat Intef VII
Louvre 122006 051.jpg
- -
Senakhtenre Ahmose - Name found on a gateway at Karnak in 2012.[58]
c. 1558 BC
Seqenenre Tao
Sequenre tao.JPG
Died in battle against the Hyksos.
1558–1554 BC
Kamose
Sarcophage-Kamose.jpg
1554–1549 BC

The early 17th Dynasty may also have included Nebmaatre, whose dates are uncertain.[44]

New Kingdom[change | change source]

The New Kingdom (1550–1077 BC) includes the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth dynasty of Egypt, from the 16th to the 11th century BC. It is between the Second Intermediate Period and the Third Intermediate Period.

During the New Kingdom, Egypt's armies were able to capture nearby countries. Egypt controlled Nubia in the south, and held territories in the Near East. Egyptian armies fought with Hittite armies for control of modern-day Syria. During the New Kingdom, Egypt controlled more territory than at any other time in its history.

Two of the best known pharaohs of the New Kingdom are Akhenaten and Ramesses II. Akhenaten, also known as Amenhotep IV, worshipped the god Aten. This is seen as the first monotheistic religion. Ramesses II was a powerful military ruler. He tried to recapture the territories in what is now modern Israel/Palestine, Lebanon and Syria that had been held in the Eighteenth Dynasty. At the Battle of Qadesh he led the Egyptian armies in battle against the Hittite king Muwatalli II.

Eighteenth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Eighteenth Dynasty ruled from c. 1550 to 1292 BC:

Name Image Comments Dates
Ahmose I, Ahmosis I
AhmoseI-StatueHead MetropolitanMuseum.png
Brother and successor to Kamose, conquered north of Egypt from the Hyksos. c. 1550–1525 BCE; Radiocarbon dating gives the start of his reign is 1570–1544 BCE.[59]
Amenhotep I
AmenhotepI-StatueHead MuseumOfFineArtsBoston.png
- 1541–1520
Thutmose I
ColossalSandstoneHeadOfThutmoseI-BritishMuseum-August19-08.jpg
- 1520–1492
Thutmose II
Luxor, hieroglyphs on an obelisk inside the Temple of Hatshepsut, Egypt, Oct 2004.jpg
- 1492–1479
Hatshepsut
Hatshepsut.jpg
The second known female ruler. There may have been five other female rulers, but the evidence is uncertain. Recent evidence suggests Hatshepsut died of bone cancer.[60] 1479–1458
Thutmose III
TuthmosisIII.JPG
Often called the "Napoleon of Egypt." In his early years, he was controlled by his stepmother, Hatshepsut. After she died, he began expanding Egyptian rule into the Levant. 1479–1425
Amenhotep II
AmenhotepII-StatueHead BrooklynMuseum.png
- 1425–1400
Thutmose IV
ThoutmôsisIVLouvre.jpg
- 1400–1390
Amenhotep III The Magnificent King
Amenhotep iii british museum.jpg
Ruled Egypt at the peak of its power. He had more monuments and statues built than any other pharaoh. His mortuary temple, the largest ever built, was destroyed by Rameses II. Recent DNA testing proved he was the grandfather of Tutankhamun. 1390–1352
Akhenaten or Amenhotep IV
GD-EG-Caire-Musée061.JPG
Started a sun based religion called Atenism. His original name means "Amun is pleased." 1352–1334
Smenkhkare
Spaziergang im Garten Amarna Berlin.jpg
Co-regent and successor of Akhenaten. The identity and sex of this individual is uncertain. Smenkhkare may be a son or son-in-law of Akhenaten, or wife of Akhenaten, Nefertiti. Some historians believe there were two rulers between Akhenaten and Tutankhamun. One is Smenkhkare, who is then seen as male, and a female ruler, Akhenaten's eldest daughter Meritaten 1334–1333
Tutankhamun
Tuthankhamun Egyptian Museum.jpg
Commonly believed to be the son of Akhenaten. He probably brought back the old religion, and his name shows the change from Aten to Amun. He is also known as the boy king. 1333–1324
Ay
PortraitStudyOfAy.png
Close advisor to two and perhaps three of the pharaohs who ruled before him. He is said to be the power behind the throne during Tutankhamun's reign. 1324–1320
Horemheb
StatueOfHoremhebAndTheGodHorus-DetailOfHoremheb01 KunsthistorischesMuseum Nov13-10.jpg
Former General and advisor to Tutankhamun. Destroyed images of the Amarna queens and kings (all except Amenhotep III and Tiye). 1320–1292

Nineteenth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Nineteenth Dynasty ruled from 1292 to 1186 BC and includes one of the greatest pharaohs, Rameses II the Great:

Name Image Comments Dates
Ramesses I[61]
StatueHeadOfParamessu-TitledFrontalView-RamessesI MuseumOfFineArtsBoston.png
- 1292–1290
Seti I
Abydos sethi.jpg
- 1290–1279
Ramesses II the Great
RamsesIIEgypt.jpg
The pharoah associated with Moses; he reached a stalemate with the Hittites at the Battle of Kadesh in 1275 BC, after which a peace treaty was signed in 1258 BC 1279–1213
Merneptah[62]
Merenptah Louxor-HeadAndShoulders-BackgroundKnockedOut.png
A stele describing campaigns in Libya and Canaan is the only reference to "Israel" in Ancient Egyptian records. 1213–1203
Amenemses
Amenmesse-StatueHead MetropolitanMuseum.png
- 1203–1200
Seti II[63]
Turin statue of Seti II.jpg
- 1203–1197
Siptah[64]
Siptah.jpg
- 1197–1191
Tausret
Twosret.jpg
A female ruler also known as Tawosret. She was probably the wife of Seti II.[65] 1191–1190

Twentieth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Twentieth Dynasty ruled from 1190 to 1077 BC:

Name Image Comments Dates
Setnakhte
Sethnakht closeup Lepsius.png
- 1190–1186
Ramesses III
RamessesIII-KhonsuTemple-Karnak.png
Fought the Sea Peoples in 1175 BC. Killed in a harem plot. 1186–1155
Ramesses IV
RamessesIV-SmitingHisEnemiesOnAnOstracon MuseumOfFineArtsBoston.png
- 1155–1149
Ramesses V
RamesseVobelisco.jpg
- 1149–1145
Ramesses VI
Egypte louvre 129 ramses6.jpg
- 1145–1137
Ramesses VII
Mold with Throne Name of Ramses VII LACMA M.80.202.468.jpg
- 1137–1130
Ramesses VIII
SFEC-MEDINETHABU-Sethiherkhepeshef II.jpg
- 1130–1129
Ramesses IX
RamessesIX-Relief MetropolitanMuseum.png
- 1129–1111
Ramesses X[66]
Ramesse10ScarabBologna.png
- 1111–1107
Ramesses XI[67]
Temple Khonsu Ramesses XI Lepsius.jpg
Ended rule sharing power with High Priest of Amun Herihor ruling in the south and Smendes I ruling in the north, a period known as wehem mesut.[68] 1107–1077

Third Intermediate Period[change | change source]

The Third Intermediate Period (1077–732 BC) marked the end of the New Kingdom. After the collapse of the Egyptian empire, some dynasties of Libyan origin ruled Egypt. This is also known as the Libyan Period.

Twenty-First Dynasty[change | change source]

The Twenty-First Dynasty was based at Tanis and was a relatively weak group. They were rulers of all Egypt, but in practice their influence was limited to Lower Egypt. They ruled from 1069 to 943 BC

Name Image Comments Dates
Nesbanebdjed I[69]
SmendesScarabPetrie.png
Also known as Smendes I 1077–1051
Amenemnisu
Louvres-antiquites-egyptiennes-p1010960.jpg
- 1051–1047
Psusennes I
Golden Mask of Psusennes I.jpg
Also known as the Silver Pharaoh 1047–1001
Amenemope
Mask of Amenemope1.jpg
- 1001–992
Osorkon the Elder
Seal Aakheperre Osorkon Petrie.jpg
- * (Osochor ) 992–986
Siamun
Siamun’s royal cartouche on a lintel.jpg
- 986–967
Psusennes II
Statue CG42192 legrain.jpg
- 967–943

Twenty-Second Dynasty[change | change source]

The pharaohs of the Twenty-Second Dynasty were Libyans, ruling from around 943 to 728 BC:

Name Image Comments Dates
Shoshenq I
Karnak Sheshonq I.jpg
943–922
Osorkon I
Louvre-Egyptien-09.jpg
- 922–887
Shoshenq II
Sheshonq II mask2004.jpg
- 887–885
Takelot I
Takelot I a.jpg
- 885–872
Harsiese A
Sarcophage Harsiesis.JPG
A rebel ruler, based at Thebes 880–860
Osorkon II
Egypte louvre 066.jpg
- 872–837
Shoshenq III
Shoshenq III.jpg
- 837–798
Shoshenq IV - 798–785
Pami
Louvre 122006 015.jpg
- 785–778
Shoshenq V
Louvre 122006 014.jpg
- 778–740
Osorkon IV
Louvre egide tete lionne.JPG
- 740–720

Twenty-Third Dynasty[change | change source]

The Twenty-Third Dynasty was another Libyan group, based at Herakleopolis and Thebes. They ruled from 837 to c. 735 BC:

Name Image Comments Dates
Takelot II
Karnak Ptah 08.jpg
He was once seen as a 22nd Dynasty pharaoh, he is now known to be the founder of the 23rd 837–813
Pedubast I
Torso of Pedubast I by Michael Martin.jpg
He was a rebel and seized Thebes from Takelot II 826–801
Iuput I Co-regent with Pedubast 812–811
Shoshenq VI Successor to Pedubast 801–795
Osorkon III
Osorkon III.jpg
Son of Takelot II; recovered Thebes, then made himself king 795–767
Takelot III
Karnak Takelot III.jpg
Ruled with his father Osorkon III for the first five years. 773–765
Rudamun
Egypte louvre 054.jpg
Younger son of Osorkon III and brother of Takelot III. 765–762

Rudamun was succeeded in Thebes by a local ruler:

Name Image Comments Dates
Ini
Louvre C100 stele Petrie.png
Ruled Thebes only 762-?

The Libu[change | change source]

Not really a dynasty, the Libu were another group of western nomads from Libya who controlled the western Delta from 805 to 732 BC.

Name Image Comments Dates
Inamunnifnebu 805–795
 ? - 795–780
Niumateped - 780–755
Titaru - 763–755
Ker - 755–750
Rudamon - 750–745
Ankhor - 745–736
Tefnakht - 736–732

Twenty-Fourth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Twenty-fourth Dynasty was a short-lived rival dynasty in the western Delta (Sais). There were only two Pharaohs, ruling from 732 to 720 BC.

Name Image Comments Dates
Tefnakhte
Tefnakht Athens stela (T. Efthimiadis) det.jpg
- 732–725
Bakenrenef
Apis Bakenranef 6 Mariette.jpg
- 725–720

Late period[change | change source]

The Late Period runs from 732 BC to Egypt becoming a province of Rome in 30 BC, and includes periods of rule by Nubians, Persians, and Macedonians.

Twenty-fifth Dynasty[change | change source]

Nubians invaded Lower Egypt and took the throne of Egypt under Piye although they already controlled Thebes and Upper Egypt in the early years of Piye's reign. Piye's conquest of Lower Egypt established the Twenty-fifth Dynasty which ruled until 656 BC.

Name Image Comments Dates
Piye
Stele Piye submission Mariette.jpg
King of Nubia; conquered Egypt in 20th year; ruled for 24 years, or possibly 30+ years 752–721 according to Dan'el Kahn
Shabaka
Shabaqo-DonationStela MetropolitanMuseum.png
- 721–707/706 according to Rolf Krauss/David Warburton[70]
Shebitku
Shebitqo-DonationStela MetropolitanMuseum.png
- 707/706–690 according to Dan'el Kahn[71]
Taharqa
SphinxOfTaharqa.jpg
- 690–664
Tantamani
Nubian head.JPG
lost control of Upper Egypt in 656 BC when Psamtik I took over Thebes in that year. 664–653

They were forced from Egypt back into Nubia, where they set up a kingdom at Napata (656–590), and, later, at Meroë (590 BC – 4th century AD).

Twenty-sixth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Twenty-sixth Dynasty ruled from around 672 to 525 BC.[72]

Name Image Comments Dates
Necho I
Necho I Horus.png
Was killed by an invading Kushite force in 664 BC under Tantamani. Father of Psamtik I. 672 – 664 BC
Psamtik I
Psammetique Ier TPabasa.jpg
Reunified Egypt. Son of Necho I and father of Necho II. 664 – 610 BC
Necho II
Necho-KnellingStatue BrooklynMuseum.png
Most likely the pharaoh mentioned in several books of the Bible. Son of Psamtik I and father of Psamtik II. 610 – 595 BC
Psamtik II
Sphinx Psammetique II 1104.jpg
Son of Necho II and father of Apries. 595 – 589 BC
Wahibre (Apries)
Apries.jpg
Fled Egypt after Amasis II (who was a general at the time) declared himself pharaoh following a civil war. Son of Psamtik II. 589 – 570 BC
Ahmose II
Farao Amasis.JPG
He was the last great ruler of Egypt before the Persian conquest. Greek historian Herodotus said he was of common origins. Father of Psamtik III. 570 – 526 BC
Psamtik III
Psamtik III.jpg
Son of Ahmose II. Ruled for about six months before being defeated by the Persians in the Battle of Pelusium and executed. 526 – 525 BC

Twenty-seventh Dynasty[change | change source]

Egypt was conquered by the Persian Empire in 525 BC and ruled by the Persians until 404 BC. The Achaemenid shahs were the pharaohs in this era, forming a "Twenty-seventh" Dynasty:

Name Image Comments Dates
Cambyses II
Cambyses II.jpg
Defeated Psamtik III at the Battle of Pelusium at 525 BC 525 – 521 BC
Petubastis III
Ignota prov., pannello decorativo del re sehibra, xxiii dinastia, 823-716 ac..JPG
A native Egyptian rebel in the Delta 522/21 – 520 BC
Smerdis (Bardiya) Son of Cyrus the Great 522 – 521 BC
Darius I
Darius.jpg
- 521 – 486 BC
Xerxes I
Xerxes I.jpg
- 486 – 465 BC
Artabanus the Hyrcanian - 465 – 464 BC
Artaxerxes I Longhand
Artaxerxes I.jpg
- 464 – 424 BC
Xerxes II claimant 424 – 423 BC
Sogdianus claimant 424 – 423 BC
Darius II
Tomb of Darius II.jpg
424 – 404 BC

Twenty-eighth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Twenty-eighth Dynasty lasted only six years, from 404 to 398 BC, with one Pharaoh:

Name Image Comments Dates
Amyrtaeus Descendant of the Saite pharaohs of the Twenty-sixth Dynasty; led a successful revolt against the Persians. 404 – 398 BC

Twenty-ninth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Twenty-ninth Dynasty ruled from 398 to 380 BC:

Name Image Comments Dates
Nefaarud I
Louvre 032007 15.jpg
Also known as Nepherites. Defeated Amyrtaeus in open battle and had him executed. 398 – 393 BC
Psammuthes
Psammuthis-ReliefFragmentBearingNames MetropolitanMuseum.png
- 393 BC
Hakor
Achoris-StatueTorso MuseumOfFineArtsBoston.png
Overthrew his predecessor Psammuthes. Father of Nefaarud II. 393 – 380 BC
Nefaarud II Was deposed and likely killed by Nectanebo I after ruling for only four months. Son of Hakor. 380 BC

Thirtieth Dynasty[change | change source]

The Thirtieth Dynasty ruled from 380 until Egypt once more came under Persian rule in 343 BC:

Name Image Comments Dates
Nectanebo I
NectaneboI.jpg
Also known as Nekhtnebef. Deposed and likely killed Nefaarud II, starting the last dynasty of native Egyptians. Father of Teos of Egypt. 380 – 362 BC
Teos of Egypt
DjedhorBowlPetrie.png
Ruled with his father Nectanebo I from about 365 BC. Was overthrown by Nectanebo II with the help of Agesilaus II of Sparta. 362 – 360 BC
Senedjemibre Nakhthorhebyt (Nectanebo II)
NectaneboII-StatueHead MuseumOfFineArtsBoston.png
Last native ruler of ancient Egypt[73] 360 – 343 BC

Thirty-first Dynasty[change | change source]

Egypt again came under the control of the Achaemenid Persians. The Persian rulers from 343 to 332 BC are sometimes listed as the Thirty-first Dynasty:

Name Image Comments Dates
Artaxerxes III Inscription Pesepolis British Museum.jpg Egypt came under Persian rule for the second time 343–338 BC
Artaxerxes IV Arses Only reigned in Lower Egypt 338–336 BC
Khababash Stela Nastasen Kambasuten Lepsius.jpg Rebel pharaoh who led an invasion in Nubia 338–335 BC
Darius III Meister der Alexanderschlacht 003.jpg Upper Egypt returned to Persian control in 335 BC 336–332 BC

Argead Dynasty[change | change source]

The Macedonians under Alexander the Great brought in the Hellenistic period with his capture of Persia and Egypt. The Argeads ruled from 332 to 309 BC:

Name Image Comments Dates
Alexander the Great
Alexander and Bucephalus - Battle of Issus mosaic - Museo Archeologico Nazionale - Naples BW.jpg
Macedon took over Persia and Egypt 332–323 BC
Philip III of Macedon
Philippos III Arridaios Budge 162.png
Feeble-minded half-brother of Alexander III the Great 323–317 BC
Alexander IV of Macedon
Roxana with Alexander IV Aegus the son of Alexander the Great.jpg
Son of Alexander the Great and Roxana 317–309 BC

Ptolemaic Dynasty[change | change source]

The second Hellenistic dynasty, the Ptolemies, ruled Egypt from 305 BC until Egypt became a province of Rome in 30 BC. If two dates overlap, that means there was a co-regency. The most famous member of this dynasty was Cleopatra VII. In modern times she is known simply as Cleopatra. She was the consort of Julius Caesar and after Caesar's death, of Mark Antony, and had children with both of them. Cleopatra tried to create a dynastic and political union between Egypt and Rome. This failed with the assassination of Caesar and the defeat of Mark Antony. Caesarion (Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar) was the last king of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt. He reigned jointly with his mother Cleopatra VII of Egypt, from September 2, 47 BC. He was the eldest son of Cleopatra VII, and possibly the only son of Julius Caesar, after whom he was named. Between Cleopatra's death on August 12, 30 BC, up to his own death on August 23, 30 BC, he was the sole pharaoh. It is tradition that he was hunted down and killed on the orders of Octavian, who would become the Roman emperor Augustus, but there is no evidence.

Name Image Comments Dates
Ptolemy I of Egypt Ptolemy I Soter Louvre Ma849.jpg Abdicated in 285 BC; died in 283 BC 305–285 BC
Berenice I of Egypt Berenice I.jpg Wife of Ptolemy I  ?–285 BC
Ptolemy II of Egypt Oktadrachmon Ptolemaios II Arsinoe II.jpg - 288–246 BC
Arsinoe I of Egypt Arsinoe I Dekadrachme.jpg Wife of Ptolemy II 284/281-c. 274 BC
Arsinoe II of Egypt Oktadrachmon Ptolemaios II Arsinoe II.jpg Wife of Ptolemy II 277–270 BC
Ptolemy III of Egypt Ptolemy III Euergetes.jpg - 246–222 BC
Berenice II of Egypt BerenikeIIOnACoinOfPtolemyIII.jpg Wife of Ptolemy III 244/243–222 BC
Ptolemy IV of Egypt Octadrachm Ptolemy IV BM CMBMC33.jpg - 222–204 BC
Arsinoe III of Egypt Oktadrachmon Arsinoe III.jpg Wife of Ptolemy IV 220–204 BC
Hugronaphor Revolutionary Pharaoh in the South 205–199 BC
Ankhmakis Revolutionary Pharaoh in the South 199–185 BC
Ptolemy V of Egypt Tetradrachm Ptolemy V.jpg Upper Egypt in revolt 207–186 BC 204–180 BC
Cleopatra I of Egypt Cleopatra I El Kab.jpg Wife of Ptolemy V, ruled with Ptolemy VI until he was old enough to rule by himself 193–176 BC
Ptolemy VI of Egypt Ring with engraved portrait of Ptolemy VI Philometor (3rd–2nd century BCE) - 2009.jpg Died 145 BC 180–164 BC
Cleopatra II of Egypt Lagid queen Isis Ma3546.jpg Wife of Ptolemy VI 175–164 BC
Ptolemy VIII of Egypt Ptolemy VIII - silver didrachma - líc.jpg Proclaimed king by Alexandrians in 170 BC; ruled jointly with Ptolemy VI of Egypt and Cleopatra II from 169 to 164 BC. Died 116 BC 171–163 BC
Ptolemy VI of Egypt Ring with engraved portrait of Ptolemy VI Philometor (3rd–2nd century BCE) - 2009.jpg Egypt under the control of Ptolemy VIII 164 BC–163 BC; Ptolemy VI restored 163 BC 163–145 BC
Cleopatra II of Egypt Lagid queen Isis Ma3546.jpg Married Ptolemy VIII; led revolt against him in 131 BC and became sole ruler of Egypt. 163–127 BC
Ptolemy VII Proclaimed co-ruler by father; later ruled under regency of his mother Cleopatra II 145–144 BC
Ptolemy VIII of Egypt Ptolemy VIII - silver didrachma - líc.jpg Restored 145–131 BC
Cleopatra III of Egypt Cleopatra II and III Kom Ombo Temple.jpg Second wife of Ptolemy VIII 142–131 BC
Ptolemy Memphitis Proclaimed King by Cleopatra II; soon killed by Ptolemy VIII 131 BC
Ptolemy VIII of Egypt Ptolemy VIII - silver didrachma - líc.jpg Restored 127–116 BC
Cleopatra III of Egypt Cleopatra II and III Kom Ombo Temple.jpg Restored with Ptolemy VIII; later co-regent with Ptolemy IX and X. 127–107 BC
Cleopatra II of Egypt Lagid queen Isis Ma3546.jpg Reconciled with Ptolemy VIII; co-ruled with Cleopatra III and Ptolemy until 116. 124–116 BC
Ptolemy IX of Egypt Edfu29.JPG Died 80 BC 116–110 BC
Cleopatra IV of Egypt Shortly married to Ptolemy IX, but was pushed out by Cleopatra III 116–115 BC
Ptolemy X of Egypt Ptolemy X Alexander I Louvre Ma970.jpg Died 88 BC 110–109 BC
Berenice III of Egypt Forced to marry Ptolemy XI; murdered on his orders 19 days later 81–80 BC
Ptolemy XI of Egypt Alexander II Young son of Ptolemy X Alexander; installed by Sulla; ruled for 80 days before being lynched by citizens for killing Berenice III 80 BC
Ptolemy XII PtolSmash 212.jpg Son of Ptolemy IX; died 51 BC 80– 58 BC
Cleopatra V of Egypt Wife of Ptolemy XII, mother of Berenice IV 79–68 BC
Cleopatra VI of Egypt Daughter of Ptolemy XII 58–57 BC
Berenice IV of Egypt Daughter of Ptolemy XII; forced to marry Seleucus Kybiosaktes, but has him strangled. Joint rule with Cleopatra VI until 57 BC. 58–55 BC
Ptolemy XII of Egypt PtolSmash 212.jpg Restored; reigned briefly with his daughter Cleopatra VII before his death 55–51 BC
Cleopatra VII Kleopatra-VII.-Altes-Museum-Berlin1.jpg Jointly with her father Ptolemy XII, her brother Ptolemy XIII, her brother-husband Ptolemy XIV, and her son Ptolemy XV; also known simply as Cleopatra 51–30 BC
Ptolemy XIII of Egypt Brother of Cleopatra VII 51–47 BC
Arsinoe IV of Egypt In opposition to Cleopatra VII 48–47 BC
Ptolemy XIV of Egypt Ptolemy XIV.jpg Younger brother of Cleopatra VII and Ptolemy XIII 47–44 BC
Ptolemy XV of Egypt Denderah3 Cleopatra Cesarion.jpg Infant son of Cleopatra VII; aged 3 when proclaimed co-ruler with Cleopatra. Last known ruler of ancient Egypt when Rome took over. 44–30 BC

Rome[change | change source]

Cleopatra VII had affairs with the Roman Dictator Julius Caesar and Roman General Marc Antony. She killed herself when Antony was defeated by Octavian {later be Emperor Augustus). Egypt then became a province of Rome in 30 BC. Roman Emperors were given the title of Pharaoh, although exclusively while in Egypt. One Egyptian king-list lists the Roman Emperors as Pharaohs up to and including Decius. See the list of Roman Emperors.

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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Breasted (1909) p.36
  4. Rice (1999) p.86
  5. Wilkinson (1999) pp.57f.
  6. Shaw (2000) p.196
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wolfgang Helck: Untersuchungen zur Thinitenzeit (Agyptologische Abhandlungen), ISBN 3447026774, O. Harrassowitz (1987), p. 124
  8. Wilkinson (1999) pp. 83–84
  9. Wilkinson (1999) p. 84
  10. Jochem Kahl: Ra is my Lord: Searching for the Rise of the Sun God at the Dawn of Egyptian History. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 2007, ISBN 3-447-05540-5, page 12–14 & 74.
  11. Wilkinson (1999) p. 79
  12. Wilkinson (1999) pp. 87–88
  13. Pascal Vernus, Jean Yoyotte, The Book of the Pharaohs, Cornell University Press 2003, p.27
  14. Jürgen von Beckerath: Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen.. Deutscher Kunstverlag, München/Berlin 1984, ISBN 3-422-00832-2, page 171.
  15. [1] Seth-Peribsen
  16. 16.0 16.1 Darell D. Baker: The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC, Stacey International, ISBN 978-1-905299-37-9, 2008
  17. [2] King Khasekhem
  18. [3] King Khasekhemwy
  19. Toby Wilkinson, Early Dynastic Egypt, Routledge, 1999, pp.83 & 95
  20. Toby Wilkinson, Royal Annals of Ancient Egypt, pp.79 & 258
  21. Verner (2001)
  22. Christopher Bronk Ramsey et al., [url="https://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1189395"]Radiocarbon-Based Chronology for Dynastic Egypt[/url], [i]Science[/i] 18 June 2010: Vol. 328. no. 5985, pp. 1554 - 1557
  23. Clayton (1994) p.32
  24. Clayton (1994) p.42
  25. Miroslav Verner (2000): Who was Shepseskara, and when did he reign?, in: Miroslav Bárta, Jaromír Krejčí (editors): Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2000, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Oriental Institute, Prague, ISBN 80-85425-39-4, p. 581–602, available online.
  26. Dodson & Hilton (2004) p.73
  27. Ryholt & Bardrum (2000) pp.87–100.
  28. Jürgen von Beckerath: Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen, Münchner ägyptologische Studien, Heft 49, Mainz : P. von Zabern, 1999, ISBN 3-8053-2591-6, available online
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  30. 30.0 30.1 Turin Kinglist, Columns IV,18 to V,10, Ancient Egypt dot org. Accessed 10 February 2010.
  31. Margaret Bunson: Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Infobase Publishing, 2009, ISBN 978-1438109978, available online, see p. 181
  32. Labib Habachi: King Nebhepetre Menthuhotep: his monuments, place in history, deification and unusual representations in form of gods, in: Annales du Service des Antiquités de l'Égypte 19 (1963), pp. 16–52
  33. Wolfram Grajetzki (2006) pp. 23–25
  34. Wolfram Grajetzki (2006) pp. 25–26
  35. [4] Amenemhat I
  36. Wolfram Grajetzki (2006) pp. 28–35
  37. Murnane (1977) p.2
  38. Murnane (1977) p.7
  39. Murnane (1977) p.9
  40. Josef Wegner, The Nature and Chronology of the Senwosret III–Amenemhat III Regnal Succession: Some Considerations based on new evidence from the Mortuary Temple of Senwosret III at Abydos, JNES 55, Vol.4, (1996), pp.251
  41. Wolfram Grajetzki (2006) pp. 56–61
  42. "Amenemhat IV Maakherure (1807/06-1798/97 BCE)". Digital Egypt for Universities. 
  43. Grajetzk (2006) pp.61-63
  44. 44.00 44.01 44.02 44.03 44.04 44.05 44.06 44.07 44.08 44.09 44.10 44.11 44.12 44.13 44.14 44.15 44.16 44.17 44.18 44.19 44.20 44.21 44.22 44.23 44.24 44.25 44.26 44.27 44.28 44.29 44.30 44.31 44.32 44.33 44.34 44.35 44.36 44.37 44.38 44.39 44.40 K.S.B. Ryholt, The Political Situation in Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period, c.1800-1550 BC, Carsten Niebuhr Institute Publications, vol. 20. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 1997
  45. Thomas Schneider: Lexikon der Pharaonen, Albatros, Düsseldorf 2002, ISBN 3-491-96053-3
  46. Thomas Schneider: Lexikon der Pharaonen, Albatros, Düsseldorf 2002, ISBN 3-491-96053-3
  47. Thomas Schneider: Lexikon der Pharaonen, Albatros, 2002
  48. 48.00 48.01 48.02 48.03 48.04 48.05 48.06 48.07 48.08 48.09 48.10 48.11 48.12 K.S.B. Ryholt: The Political Situation in Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period, c.1800-1550 BC, Carsten Niebuhr Institute Publications, vol. 20. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 1997
  49. 49.0 49.1 Kings of the 2nd Intermediate Period
  50. Detlef Franke: Zur Chronologie des Mittleren Reiches. Teil II: Die sogenannte Zweite Zwischenzeit Altägyptens, In Orientalia 57 (1988), p. 259
  51. Ryholt, K.S.B. (1997). The Political Situation in Egypt During the Second Intermediate Period, C. 1800-1550 B.C.. Museum Tusculanum Press. p. 164. ISBN 8772894210.
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  53. 53.0 53.1 Marcel Marée: A sculpture workshop at Abydos from the late Sixteenth or early Seventeenth Dynasty, in: Marcel Marée (editor): The Second Intermediate period (Thirteenth-Seventeenth Dynasties), Current Research, Future Prospects, Leuven, Paris, Walpole, MA. 2010 ISBN 978-90-429-2228-0. p. 247, 268
  54. 54.0 54.1 Jürgen von Beckerath: Untersuchungen zur politischen Geschichte der Zweiten Zwischenzeit in Ägypten, Glückstadt, 1964
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  56. Jürgen von Beckerath: Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen, Münchner ägyptologische Studien 49, Mainz 1999.
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