Also known as: Dewen, Udimu
Dynasty I

The Horus name Den is unlikely to be an accurate realisation. The meaning of the name is as obscure as its proper pronouncation. He was the first pharaoh to use the title nswt-bjtj (king of Upper and Lower Egypt.) The name of the fifth ruler on Abydos king list is Sepati, consisting of two N24 signs, which were likely misread in later periods instead of N25. Likewise, the name on the Turin papyrus, Qenty, has the sign Aa8 (qn) which is a probably a corruption of sign N24 (spAt) or N25 (xAstj) both known from other names of Den.

Reign of Den
AE Chronology2814–2772
von Beckerath2914–2867
Turin Canon74 years
Manetho20 years


The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Den: Den
 The slaughterer
Jar label with "Jubilee scene," British Museum EA 32650
Petrie, Royal Tombs, I, plates XIV, XV, XXI
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 38-39, 5:H
Golden Horus name
Golden Horus name of Den: Iaret nebu shen
Iaret nebu shen
 Golden cobra
Petrie, Royal Tombs, II, plate VII (12)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 38-39, 5:G
Throne name
Throne name of Den: Khasty
 He of the Two Deserts
Petrie, Royal Tombs, I, plate V (8-9, 11-12)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 38-39, 5:N


The sources of antiquity

From the writings of the historians and scholars of antiquity

Africanus i, 5 Ουσαφαιδoς Ousaphaidos Usaphaidus 20 years
Eusebius i, 5 Ουσαφαης Ousaphais Usaphais 20 years


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 38–39
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 78–80
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 6–9
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 26



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