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Titulary what's this?
Horus Name

Horus, Khasekhem "Horus, The powerful one has risen"; also,
Horus-Seth, Khasekhemwi, Nebwi-hetep-imef "Horus and Seth, the two powerful ones have risen and the two lords are at peace within him"
This king is the only one to have a "Horus-Seth" name

Nebty Name Nebti Khasekhemwi, Mebwi-Hetep-Imef, also
Nebti Khasekhemwi Nebu-khet-sen "The two ladies, the two powerful ones have risen, their bodies being of gold"
Golden Horus Name  
Manetho not mentioned
King Lists Djadjay, Bebi, Bebti
Alternate Names Horus-Kheasekhem, Horus-Chasechem, Horus-Khasekhemwi, Chasechem, Chemschemoui
Dates what's this?
turin canon reigned 27 years 2 months 1 day
piccione 2732 -- 2705 BCE
died 2686 BCE
  2754-2727 BCE
krauss c. 2740
von beckerath 2709-2682 BCE
malek 2674-2647 BCE
redford 2714-2687 BCE
dodson 2690-2663 BCE
Predecessor Seth-Peribson/Sekhemib
Successor Nebka, third Dynasty
Associated People
Wife Menathap/ minaatapis, the mother of Djoser and other third dynasty kings
Sons-in-law Sanakht and Djoser
Daughters Initkaes and Hetehernebti
Burial Place
Tomb V in Abydos, a unique, trapezoidal tomb with 58 rooms. The central burial structure might be the oldest in the world. 68.9 x 10.4 to 17.06 m.

Tomb V in Abydos
Shunut el Zebib (Storehouse of the Dates)
Stone door jamb at the Temple of Heirakonpolis


The serekh of this king is surmounted by both the Horus Falcon and the Seth Jackal, and he is the only king to have used this. This is usually considered a sign that the king unified Egypt into a single entity again  He is well documented as a military leader --after wining the struggle against the North that had started during the reign of Peribsen, he refused to "choose sides" amongst the gods and instead used both atop his serekh to avoid favoring either camp. His name was also changed by adding -wy, making "The Two Powers Come Forward", not just the one power.


He also moved the capitol to the far south in Heirakonpolis and it was the first and last time that a united Egypt was ruled from that city.

Other military campaigns took him all the way up to Byblos in Syria, and in fact his is the first pharaohs name to be inscribed there.

His tomb in Abydos is unique. It is set apart form the others and is a mixture between the northern style mastaba tombs and the traditional square buildings from the south -- some say, a very "diplomatic" melding of the two styles. There is an enclosure, probably for the rituals of his cult. The tomb itself is far larger than his predecessors and the grave chamber is built in stone, the first of its kind.

The first hard stone statues appear to be from Khasekhemwy, and have survived in Hierakonpolis -- it is not sure if these are portraits or stylized representations of the king. The most remarkable monuments, though, is a huge mud-brick building called "the Fortress" on the western side of the nile near Hierakonpolis. The walls, while crumbled, are up to 5 meters thick and even in their collapsed state tower over 11 meters high in some places. The entire enclosure is 67 x 57 meters. Its purpose is unknown.

In west Saqqara stands a large rectangular enclosure called Gisr el-Mudir. The enclosure (excavated in the 1990s) contains a stone cut wall with a height of 4.5 meters in some places. The width of the base of the walls -- some 15 m -- shows that it as much higher when it was completed. The entire enclosure measures about 600 x 340 meters with an entrance on the south side. There are no traces of buildings inside. The filler stone inside the wall dates to the early second dynasty.

Finally, the Storehouse of the Dates stands about 1000 yards from his tomb. It is a huge mud brick rectangle with an articulated palace facade, much like that of the later Djoser's complex. It is 123m x 64m and fragments of the 20m high wall still exist. It may have been a mortuary temple and, more interesting still, has a mound in the middle that may have been the start of a step pyramid.

There are a number of connections to the king of the next Dynasty, Djoser, who may have been his son. Many seals with Djoser's name were found at Khasekhemwy's tomb and that he was responsible for the funerary rites for the dead king.





Reneb (Nebre)
Hudjefa I


Tomb V, Abydos
Shunut el Zebib
Temple of Heirakonpolis