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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
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2890-2686 BCE

Open map of Ancient EgyptAncient Egypt / Early Dynastic Period /
2nd Dynasty

Years BCE
Hotepsekhemwy 2890-2852
Raneb 2852-2813
Nynetjer 2813-2766
Weneg 2766-2758
Sened 2758-2738
Peribsen 2738-2716
Khasekhemwy 2716-2686

Khasekhemwy in limestone

Dynasty of Ancient Egypt ruling 2890-2686, in all 204 years, consisting of 7 kings, although there are deviations to this, involving a suggested 5 to 9 kings.
Manetho defined this dynasty to a duration of 302 years, spanning 9 kings. While the number of kings is disputed, the duration seems to be 204 years with all sources.
It appears that this period continued the administrative division between Memphis and Thinis (some kilometres north of Abydos), the first being the seat of daily administration, the second the seat of the kings.
The 2nd Dynasty is marked by political schisms, probably with contending rulers. At times, Egypt may have been divided between kings, along traditional borders between Upper and Lower Egypt.
Compared to both the 1st and the 3rd Dynasties, the 2nd appear weak, in political, technological and cultural terms. There are very few and usually unimpressive finds from this period.
The years of reign stated below are by no means attested or confirmed, and rests only upon a combination of Manetho's information and the few finds modern research has been able to come up with.

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By Tore Kjeilen