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Menes
AhaNebtyMen
Rule
Reign
Dynasty First Dynasty
Names
Praenomen
Nomen
Nebty
Horus Menes?
Golden Horus
Legacy
Family
Burial Place Umm el-Qa'ab?
Monuments Founding of Memphis?

Menes is a slight enigma as a Pharaoh and whether he existed or not is still debated. The Pharaoh Narmer is often attributed with this man and if it is the case the Narmer may have resided in Memphis where he was thought to have ruled, diverting the course of the river Nile to found the city. However no monument of Narmer has been found at Saqqara which at the time was the elite necropolis for Memphis[1].

Hor-Aha is also a likely candidate for Menes as Aha was the first Pharaoh to take the Nebti Name of 'Men' found on a ebony label from Neithhotep A's tomb[2][3]. This led to his tomb falsely being attributed to Menes. The 'Men' title is shown next to the 'Aha' name in a serekh, depicted in a tent like structure[4].

References

  1. Wilkinson, T, A, H. (2001) Early Dynastic Egypt London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-26011-6.
  2. Adams, B and Cialowicz, K.M. (1988) Protodynastic Egypt Buckinghamshire: Shire Publications.
  3. Clayton, P.A (2001) Chronicles of the Pharaohs London: Thames & Hudson.
  4. Wilkinson, T, A, H. (2001) Early Dynastic Egypt London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-26011-6.

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