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Dynasties of Ancient Egypt
Predynastic Period
Protodynastic Period
Early Dynastic Period
1st 2nd
Old Kingdom
3rd 4th 5th 6th
First Intermediate Period
7th 8th 9th 10th
11th (Thebes only)
Middle Kingdom
11th (All Egypt)
12th 13th 14th
Second Intermediate Period
15th 16th 17th
New Kingdom
18th 19th 20th
Third Intermediate Period
21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th
Late Period
26th 27th 28th
29th 30th 31st
Graeco-Roman Period
Alexander the Great
Ptolemaic Dynasty


Known rulers, in the History of Egypt, for the Twenty-First Dynasty.

The Twenty-First, Twenty-Second, Twenty-Third, Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Dynasties of ancient Egypt are often combined under the group title, Third Intermediate Period.

Twenty-First Dynasty
Name Dates
Smendes 1069 BC - 1043 BC
Amenemnisu 1043 BC - 1039 BC
Psusennes I 1039 BC - 990 BC
Amenemope 992 BC - 983 BC
Osorkon the Elder 983 BC - 977 BC
Siamun 977 BC - 958 BC
Psusennes II 958 BC- 943 BC

After the reign of Ramesses III, a long, slow decline of royal power in Egypt followed. The pharaohs of the Twenty-First Dynasty of Egypt ruled from Tanis and were active only in the north of the country. This dynasty was described as 'Tanite'. Meanwhile, the High Priests of Amun at Thebes effectively ruled Middle and Upper Egypt in all but name.

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