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Ancient Egypt
1. Introduction
2. People
3. Life styles
4. Culture
5. Education and Science
6. Society
7. Economy
8. Government
9. Cities and Villages
10. Language
11. Religion
12. Kings / periods
13. History
14. Map

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Other spelling: Hor-Aha

Hieroglyph of Aha. Inscribed on a rock crystal vase.
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Hieroglyph of Aha. Inscribed on a rock crystal vase.

King of Egypt, 2nd king of the 1st Dynasty, ruling around 3070 BCE. According to ancient records, he ruled from he was 30 until 62 years old, but this is uncertain information.
It has been suggested that Aha was the same king as Medes, the legendary first king of the unified Egypt. The background for this is an ivory label found in the tomb of Neithhotep at Naqada, possibly Aha's wife, where one of Aha's names appear to have been "Men", the same as "Menes." There is even confusion about Aha possibly being identical with either Scorpion or Narmer. Still, most evidence points at Aha being the son of Narmer.
Aha is one of the first kings for whom there is little doubt of the existence. Funerary remains have been found at Abydos, Saqqara and Naqada. Of these, the tomb at Abydos is believed to have been Aha's. Earlier theories making Aha the unified Egypt's first ruler has been abandoned due to finds at the tombs at Abydos, which list several rulers before him.
According to accepted king lists, was he succeeded by Djer.

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