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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 spellings: Bedjau; Baunetjer

King of Egypt, 1st king of the 2nd Dynasty, ruling 2890-2852 BCE, 38 years. Dating is derived from the work of Manetho.
His name means "the two countries are at peace."
Hotepsekhemwy may have become king through marriage to a princess, but it is also possible that he was member of the ruling family of the 1st Dynasty. All in all, the transition from Qa'a of the 1st Dynasty to him was smooth and undramatic, Hotepsekhemwy may even have carried through the late king's funeral. There are several sealings bearing his name outside Qa'a's tomb at Abydos.
Hotepsekhemwy seem to have been buried at Saqqara, deviating from the Abydos custom with former rulers.

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By Tore Kjeilen