List of 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 Julius Caesar in 30 BC.
|Pharaohs of Egypt|
|The Pschent combined the Red Crown of Lower Egypt and the White Crown of Upper Egypt.|
|A typical depiction of a pharaoh.|
|First monarch||Narmer (a.k.a. Menes)|
|Last monarch||Nectanebo II|
Cleopatra & Caesarion
|Official residence||Varies by era|
|Appointer||Divine right (often via primogeniture)|
|Monarchy started||c. 3100 BC|
|Monarchy ended||343 BC|
(last native pharaoh)
(last Greek pharaohs)
Old lists of pharaohsEdit
There are old lists of pharaohs which have been discovered. These are not complete:
- Palermo Stone
- Turin King List
- Manetho's book, Aegyptiaca (History of Egypt)
- Abydos King List
- Karnak Tablet
- South Saqqara Stone (discovered 1923, includes the Sixth Dynasty kings)
- Saqqara Tablet (discovered 1861, includes dynasties from 1–12)
|Turin King List||Manetho
|Craftsmen & Creation|
|Shu||Aelos or Agathosdaimon (perhaps Sothis?)
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|
Early Dynastic: Lower EgyptEdit
|Hsekiu||Only listed on the Palermo Stone||?|
|Khayu||Only listed on the Palermo Stone||?|
|Tiu||Only listed on the Palermo Stone||?|
|Thesh||Only listed on the Palermo Stone||?|
|Neheb||Only listed on the Palermo Stone||?|
|Wazner||Only listed on the Palermo Stone||c. 3100 BC?|
|Mekh||Only listed on the Palermo Stone||?|
|(destroyed)||Only listed on the Palermo Stone||?|
|Double Falcon||Also known through finds from Sinai and Lower Egypt||c. 3200 BC?|
Early Dynastic: Upper EgyptEdit
Upper Egypt was the Nile Valley, south of the Delta. The following list may not be complete (there are many more of uncertain existence):
|Scorpion I||Oldest tomb at Umm el-Qa'ab had scorpion symbol||c. 3200 BC?|
|Iry-Hor||Possibly the immediate predecessor of Ka.||c. 3150 BC?|
|Ka||Maybe read Sekhen rather than Ka. Possibly the immediate predecessor of Narmer.||c. 3100 BC|
|King Scorpion||Possibly could read Serqet; maybe the same person as Narmer.||c. 3150 BC|
|Narmer||The king who combined Upper and Lower Egypt.||c. 3150 BC|
The First Dynasty ruled from about 3150 to 2890 BC.
|Narmer||Believed to be the same person as Menes and to have unified Upper and Lower Egypt.||c. 3150 BC|
|Hor-Aha||—||c. 3050 BC|
|Merneith||Female Regent for Den, may have ruled as pharaoh in her own right||—|
|Den||First pharaoh shown wearing the double crown of Egypt, first pharaoh with a golden Horus name.||42 years|
In the interregnum between the first and second dynasties, two short lived pharaohs may have reigned :
|Sneferka||Very short reign||c. 2900 BC|
|Horus Bird||Very short reign||c. 2900 BC|
The Second Dynasty ruled c. 2890–2686 BC.
|Raneb||Name may be read Nebra rather than Raneb. Could be the same person as Weneg.||10–14 years|
|Nynetjer||May have divided Egypt between his successors||43–45 years|
|Weneg||Could be an independent ruler or the same as Sekhemib-Perenmaat or Raneb|
|Senedj||Possibly the same person as Seth Peribsen |
|Seth-Peribsen||May have reigned over Upper Egypt only, could be the same person as Senedj or Sekhemib-Perenmaat.|
|Sekhemib-Perenmaat||May have reigned over Upper Egypt only, could be the same person as Seth-Peribsen.|
|Khasekhem(wy)||Reunified Egypt after a period of troubles ca. 2690 BC||17–18 years|
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".
The Third Dynasty ruled from 2686 to 2613 BC.
|Djoser||Ordered the first pyramid in Egypt, known as The Step Pyramid. Built by the chief architect and scribe, Imhotep||19 or 28 years ca. 2670 BC; Radiocarbon dates start reign between 2691 and 2625|
|Sekhemkhet||Imhotep helped build his unfinished step pyramid||2649–2643|
|Sanakhte||Could be the same as Nebka||c. 2650|
|Khaba||Built an unfinished step pyramid||2643–2637|
|Huni||Could be the same as Qahedjet, may have started the Meidum pyramid||2637–2613|
|Sneferu||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.|
|Khufu||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.|
|Djedefra (Radjedef)||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.|
|Khafre||Greek form: Chephren His pyramid is the second largest in Giza. Some Egyptologists say he was the builder of the Great Sphinx of Giza.|
|—||–||Here some sources have Bikheris, following Manetho||—|
|Menkaura||Greek form: Mycerinus. His pyramid is the third and smallest in Giza.|
|Shepseskaf||Did not build a pyramid and instead had the Mastabat el-Fara'un made for himself|
|Djedefptah||–||Here some sources put Djedefptah also known as Thampthis, following Manetho||—|
The Fifth Dynasty ruled from 2498 to 2345 BC.
|Userkaf||Buried in a pyramid in Saqqara. Built the first solar temple at Abusir.|
|Sahure||Moved the royal necropolis to Abusir, where he built his pyramid.|
|Shepseskare||Reigned most likely after Neferefre and for only a few months.|
|Unas||His pyramid is inscribed with the earliest known pyramid texts|
The Sixth Dynasty ruled from 2345 to 2181 BC.
|Teti||Was possibly murdered by Userkare|
|Userkare||Reigned one to five years, may have murdered Teti to get the throne.|
|Meryre Pepi I||—|
|Merenre Nemtyemsaf I||—|
|Neferkare Pepi II||Possibly the longest reigning monarch of human history with 94 years on the throne. Alternatively, it may "only" been 64 years.|
|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.|
|Merenre Nemtyemsaf II||Short lived pharaoh, possibly an aged son of Pepi II.|
|Neitiqerty Siptah||Identical with Netjerkare. This male king gave rise to the legendary queen Nitocris of Herodotus and Manetho. Sometimes listed as the first king of the combined 7th/8th Dynasties.||Short reign: c. 2184 BC - 2181 BC|
First Intermediate PeriodEdit
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.
Seventh and Eighth Dynasties (combined)Edit
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, and the Turin canon.
|Neferkare (III) Neby||Known by texts in the tomb of his mother Ankhesenpepi. He started building a pyramid in Saqqara.|
|Neferkare (IV) Khendu|
|Merenhor||Some authorities place Merenhor here|
|Nikare||Possibly proved by a cylinder-seal.|
|Neferkare (V) Tereru|
|Neferkahor||Proved by a cylinder seal.|
|Neferkare (VI) Pepiseneb|
|Qakare Ibi||Built a pyramid at Saqqara. with the last known Pyramid Texts||2169–2167 BC|
|Neferkaure||His name is found at the temple of Min at Coptos.||2167–2163 BC|
|Neferkauhor Khuwihapi||His name is found in the temple of Min and text in the tomb of Shemay.||2163–2161 BC|
|Neferirkare||He could be horus Demedjibtawy, where his name is found in the temple of Min.||2161–2160 BC|
|Meryibre Khety I (Acthoes I)||Manetho wrote that Achthoes was the first pharoah in this dynasty.||2160–?|
|Nebkaure Khety II (Acthoes II)||-||?|
|Senenh— or Setut||-||?|
|Wahkare Khety (Acthoes III)||—||?|
|Intef the Elder||Theban nomarch, who served an unnamed king, now said to be first king of the 11th Dynasty.||—|
|Mentuhotep I||A Theban nomarch but may have ruled independently.|
|Intef I||First member of the dynasty to claim a Horus name.|
|Intef II||Conquered Abydos and its nome.|
|Intef III||Conquered Asyut and possibly moved further north up to the 17th nome.|
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 continuedEdit
The second part of the Eleventh Dynasty is considered to be part of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt.
|Mentuhotep II||Gained all Egypt about 2015 BC, Middle Kingdom begins.|
|Mentuhotep III||Commanded the first expedition to Punt of the Middle Kingdom|
|Mentuhotep IV||Little known pharaoh not found on later king lists; tomb unknown. May have been overthrown by his vizier and successor Amenemhat I.|
The Twelfth Dynasty ruled from 1991 to 1802 BC. It is considered by later Egyptians to have been their greatest dynasty.
|Amenemhat I||Seized power after overthrowing Mentuhotep IV, and was later murdered.|
|Senusret I (Sesostris I)||Built the White Chapel|
|Senusret II (Sesostris II)||—|
|Senusret III (Sesostris III)||Most powerful of the Middle Kingdom pharaohs.|
|Amenemhat IV||Had a co-regency lasting at least one year based on a text found at Konosso.|
|Sobekneferu||A rare female ruler.|
Second Intermediate PeriodEdit
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
|Sekhemre Khutawy Sobekhotep||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|
|Sonbef||Perhaps a brother of Sekhemre Khutawy Sobekhotep and son of Amenemhat IV||1800 BC - 1796 BC|
|Sekhemkare||Ruled for about four years||1796–1793 BC|
|Ameny Qemau||Buried in his pyramid in south Dashur||1795–1792 BC|
|Hotepibre||Also called Sehotepibre||1792–1790 BC|
|Iufni||Only named on the Turin list.||Very short reign, possibly c. 1790 – 1788 BC|
|Amenemhet VI||—||1788–1785 BC|
|Semenkare Nebnuni||—||1785–1783 BC or 1739 BC|
|Sewadjkare||Known only from the Turin list|
|Nedjemibre||Known only from the Turin list||7 months, 1780 BC or 1736 BC|
|Khaankhre Sobekhotep||Now known as Sobekhotep II, but as Sobekhotep I in older studies||Reigned c. 3 years, 1780–1777 BC|
|Renseneb||Ruled for four months||1777 BC|
|Awybre Hor I||Famous for his intact tomb treasure and Ka statue||Reigned 1 year and 6 months, 1777–1775 BC|
|Sekhemrekhutawy Khabaw||Possibly a son of Hor Awibre||Estimated reign 3 years, 1775–1772 BC|
|Djedkheperew||Possibly a son of Hor Awibre and brother of Khabaw, previously identified with Khendjer||Estimated reign 2 years, 1772–1770 BC|
|Sebkay||Possibly two kings, Seb and his son Kay.|
|Sedjefakare||A well known king listed on numerous stelas and other documents.||5 to 7 years or 3 years, 1769–1766 BC|
|Wegaf||Founder of the dynasty in old studies||c. 1767 BC|
|Khendjer||Possibly the first semitic pharaoh, built a pyramid at Saqqara||Minimum 4 years and 3 months c. 1765 BC|
|Imyremeshaw||Known by two colossal statues||Reigned less than 10 years, starting 1759 BC or 1711 BC.|
|Sehetepkare Intef IV||—||?|
|Sobekhotep III||Ruled for four years and two months||c. 1755–1751 BC|
|Neferhotep I||Ruled for 11 years||1751–1740 BC|
|Sihathor||Perhaps a ruled with with his brother Neferhotep I||1739 BC|
|Sobekhotep IV||Ruled for 10 or 11 years||1740–1730 BC|
|Merhotepre Sobekhotep V||—||c. 1730 BC|
|Khahotepre Sobekhotep VI||Ruled for 4 years 8 months and 29 days||c. 1725 BC|
|Wahibre Ibiau||Ruled for 10 years and 8 months||1725–1714 BC or 1712–1701 BC|
|Merneferre Ay I||Longest reigning king of the dynasty||23 years, 8 months and 18 days, 1701–1677 BC or 1714–1691 BC|
|Merhotepre Ini||Possibly a son of his predecessor||2 Years 3 or 4 Months and 9 days, 1677–1675 BC or 1691–1689 BC|
|Sankhenre Sewadjtu||Only known from the Turinlist||3 years and 2–4 months, 1675–1672 BC|
|Mersekhemre Ined||May be the same person as Neferhotep II||3 years, 1672–1669 BC|
|Sewadjkare Hori||Ruled for five years||?|
|Merkawre Sobekhotep VII||Ruled for 2 years and 6 months ||1664–1663 BC|
|Seven kings||Names lost in a lacuna of the Turin canon ||1663 BC –?|
|Merkheperre||—||Some time between 1663 BC and 1649 BC |
|Merkare||—||Some time between 1663 BC and 1649 BC |
|Sewadjare Mentuhotep V||—||c. 1655 BC|
|Seheqenre Sankhptahi||May be the son of his predecessor||?|
|Se...enre||?||?–1649 BC |
The position of the following kings is uncertain:
|Dedumose I||Possibly a king of the 16th dynasty||c. 1654|
|Dedumose II||Possibly a king of the 16th dynasty||?|
|Sewahenre Senebmiu||Late 13th dynasty.||After 1660 BC.|
|Snaaib||Possibly a king of the Abydos Dynasty||?|
The Fourteenth Dynasty was a local group from the eastern Delta, based at Avaris. 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.
|Yakbim Sekhaenre||Dates uncertain||1805–1780 BC|
|Ya'ammu Nubwoserre||Dates uncertain||1780–1770 BC|
|Qareh Khawoserre||Dates uncertain||1770–1760 BC|
|'Ammu Ahotepre||Dates uncertain||1760–1745 BC|
|Sheshi||Dates uncertain||1745–1705 BC|
|Nehesy||Short reign, perhaps a son of Sheshi||c. 1705|
|Sehebre||Maybe Wazad or Sheneh||-|
|Merdjefare||Maybe Wazad or Sheneh||c. 1699|
|Sekheperenre||Name known from a single scarab seal||Ruled for two months, some time between 1690 BC and 1649 BC|
|Anati Djedkare||Only known from the Turin list|
|Bebnum||Only known from the Turin list|
|'Apepi||Listed as a king's son on five scarabs-seals|
The position and identity of the following pharaohs is uncertain:
|Nuya||Name known from a scarab-seal|
|Wazad||May be identifiable with Sehebre or Merdjefare||c. 1700 BC ?|
|Sheneh||Maybe Sehebre or Merdjefare|
|Shenshek||Name known from a scarab-seal|
|Yaqub-Har||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.
|Semqen||Chronological position uncertain.||1649 BC – ?|
|Aperanat||Chronological position uncertain.|
|Khyan||Conquered Thebes toward the end of his reign||30–40 years|
|Apepi||-||Ruled for 40 years or more|
The Second Intermediate Period may include an independent dynasty reigning over Abydos from c. 1650 BC until 1600 BC. There are four known kings in the Abydos Dynasty, the order in which they ruled is unknown:
|Wepwawetemsaf||May belong to the late 16th Dynasty|
|Pantjeny||May belong to the late 16th Dynasty|
|Snaaib||May belong to the late 13th Dynasty.|
|Senebkay||Tomb discovered in 2014. He maybe Woser[...]re of the Turin list.|
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 of the first king is lost here in the Turin King List, and cannot be recovered|
|Sobekhotep VIII||–||16 years|
|Neferhotep III||–||1 year|
|Mentuhotepi||May be a king of the 17th Dynasty||Ruled for one year|
|Nebiryraw I Sewadjenre||–||Ruled for 26 years|
|Bebiankh||–||Ruled for 12 years|
|Dedumose I||May be a king of the 13th Dynasty|
|Merankhre Mentuhotep VI||–|
|Sobekemsaf I||Ruled at least seven years||-|
|Sobekemsaf II||His tomb was robbed and burned during the rule of Ramesses IX||-|
|Sekhemre-Wepmaat Intef V||-||-|
|Nubkheperre Intef VI||Ruled more than three years||-|
|Sekhemre-Heruhirmaat Intef VII||-||-|
|Senakhtenre Ahmose||-||Name found on a gateway at Karnak in 2012.|
|Seqenenre Tao||Died in battle against the Hyksos.|
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.
The Eighteenth Dynasty ruled from c. 1550 to 1292 BC:
|Ahmose I, Ahmosis I||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.|
|Hatshepsut||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.||1479–1458|
|Thutmose III||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 III The Magnificent King||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||Started a sun based religion called Atenism. His original name means "Amun is pleased."||1352–1334|
|Smenkhkare||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||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||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||Former General and advisor to Tutankhamun. Destroyed images of the Amarna queens and kings (all except Amenhotep III and Tiye).||1320–1292|
|Ramesses II the Great||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||A stele describing campaigns in Libya and Canaan is the only reference to "Israel" in Ancient Egyptian records.||1213–1203|
|Tausret||A female ruler also known as Tawosret. She was probably the wife of Seti II.||1191–1190|
The Twentieth Dynasty ruled from 1190 to 1077 BC:
|Ramesses III||Fought the Sea Peoples in 1175 BC. Killed in a harem plot.||1186–1155|
|Ramesses XI||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.||1107–1077|
Third Intermediate PeriodEdit
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.
|Nesbanebdjed I||Also known as Smendes I||1077–1051|
|Psusennes I||Also known as the Silver Pharaoh||1047–1001|
|Osorkon the Elder||- * (Osochor )||992–986|
|Harsiese A||A rebel ruler, based at Thebes||880–860|
|Takelot II||He was once seen as a 22nd Dynasty pharaoh, he is now known to be the founder of the 23rd||837–813|
|Pedubast I||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||Son of Takelot II; recovered Thebes, then made himself king||795–767|
|Takelot III||Ruled with his father Osorkon III for the first five years.||773–765|
|Rudamun||Younger son of Osorkon III and brother of Takelot III.||765–762|
Rudamun was succeeded in Thebes by a local ruler:
|Ini||Ruled Thebes only||762-?|
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.
|Piye||King of Nubia; conquered Egypt in 20th year; ruled for 24 years, or possibly 30+ years||752–721 according to Dan'el Kahn|
|Shabaka||-||721–707/706 according to Rolf Krauss/David Warburton|
|Shebitku||-||707/706–690 according to Dan'el Kahn|
|Tantamani||lost control of Upper Egypt in 656 BC when Psamtik I took over Thebes in that year.||664–653|
|Necho I||Was killed by an invading Kushite force in 664 BC under Tantamani. Father of Psamtik I.||672 – 664 BC|
|Psamtik I||Reunified Egypt. Son of Necho I and father of Necho II.||664 – 610 BC|
|Necho II||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||Son of Necho II and father of Apries.||595 – 589 BC|
|Wahibre (Apries)||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||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||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|
|Cambyses II||Defeated Psamtik III at the Battle of Pelusium at 525 BC||525 – 521 BC|
|Petubastis III||A native Egyptian rebel in the Delta||522/21 – 520 BC|
|Smerdis (Bardiya)||Son of Cyrus the Great||522 – 521 BC|
|Darius I||-||521 – 486 BC|
|Xerxes I||-||486 – 465 BC|
|Artabanus the Hyrcanian||-||465 – 464 BC|
|Artaxerxes I Longhand||-||464 – 424 BC|
|Xerxes II||claimant||424 – 423 BC|
|Sogdianus||claimant||424 – 423 BC|
|Darius II||424 – 404 BC|
The Twenty-eighth Dynasty lasted only six years, from 404 to 398 BC, with one Pharaoh:
|Amyrtaeus||Descendant of the Saite pharaohs of the Twenty-sixth Dynasty; led a successful revolt against the Persians.||404 – 398 BC|
The Twenty-ninth Dynasty ruled from 398 to 380 BC:
|Nefaarud I||Also known as Nepherites. Defeated Amyrtaeus in open battle and had him executed.||398 – 393 BC|
|Hakor||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|
The Thirtieth Dynasty ruled from 380 until Egypt once more came under Persian rule in 343 BC:
|Nectanebo I||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||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)||Last native ruler of ancient Egypt||360 – 343 BC|
|Artaxerxes III||Egypt came under Persian rule for the second time||343–338 BC|
|Artaxerxes IV Arses||Only reigned in Lower Egypt||338–336 BC|
|Khababash||Rebel pharaoh who led an invasion in Nubia||338–335 BC|
|Darius III||Upper Egypt returned to Persian control in 335 BC||336–332 BC|
|Alexander the Great||Macedon took over Persia and Egypt||332–323 BC|
|Philip III of Macedon||Feeble-minded half-brother of Alexander III the Great||323–317 BC|
|Alexander IV of Macedon||Son of Alexander the Great and Roxana||317–309 BC|
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.
|Ptolemy I of Egypt||Abdicated in 285 BC; died in 283 BC||305–285 BC|
|Berenice I of Egypt||Wife of Ptolemy I||?–285 BC|
|Ptolemy II of Egypt||-||288–246 BC|
|Arsinoe I of Egypt||Wife of Ptolemy II||284/281-c. 274 BC|
|Arsinoe II of Egypt||Wife of Ptolemy II||277–270 BC|
|Ptolemy III of Egypt||-||246–222 BC|
|Berenice II of Egypt||Wife of Ptolemy III||244/243–222 BC|
|Ptolemy IV of Egypt||-||222–204 BC|
|Arsinoe III of Egypt||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||Upper Egypt in revolt 207–186 BC||204–180 BC|
|Cleopatra I of Egypt||Wife of Ptolemy V, ruled with Ptolemy VI until he was old enough to rule by himself||193–176 BC|
|Ptolemy VI of Egypt||Died 145 BC||180–164 BC|
|Cleopatra II of Egypt||Wife of Ptolemy VI||175–164 BC|
|Ptolemy VIII of Egypt||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||Egypt under the control of Ptolemy VIII 164 BC–163 BC; Ptolemy VI restored 163 BC||163–145 BC|
|Cleopatra II of Egypt||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||Restored||145–131 BC|
|Cleopatra III of Egypt||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||Restored||127–116 BC|
|Cleopatra III of Egypt||Restored with Ptolemy VIII; later co-regent with Ptolemy IX and X.||127–107 BC|
|Cleopatra II of Egypt||Reconciled with Ptolemy VIII; co-ruled with Cleopatra III and Ptolemy until 116.||124–116 BC|
|Ptolemy IX of Egypt||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||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||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||Restored; reigned briefly with his daughter Cleopatra VII before his death||55–51 BC|
|Cleopatra VII||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||Younger brother of Cleopatra VII and Ptolemy XIII||47–44 BC|
|Ptolemy XV of Egypt||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|
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