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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: Khasekhemui; Khasekhemuy

Khasekhemwy in limestone
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Tomb of Khasekhemwy at Abydos, Egypt.
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Tomb of Khasekhemwy at Abydos.

King of Egypt, 7th and last king of the 2nd Dynasty, ruling 2716-2686 BCE, 30 years. Dating is derived from the work of Manetho.
Based on the theory that Peribsen had lost control of parts of Egypt, it has been suggested that Egypt was reunited under Khasekhemwy. It has even been suggested that Khasekhemwy had Peribsen defeated.
Possibly as a reaction to Peribsen chosing Seth, Khasekhemwy had both the symbols of Horus and Seth connected to his name. He would be the only king ever to unite the two gods, after him, all kings chose Horus.
He married a princess from Lower Egypt, Nemethap, probably in order to strenghen his position after the national unification. Nemethap is sometimes identified as a the ancestral figure of the 3rd Dynasty.
He is known for having built forts at Nekhen (Hierakonpolis) and Abydos.
He was buried at Abydos, in a huge tomb with a unique trapezodial shape, 70 metres long.

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By Tore Kjeilen