Also known as: Wadj, Zet, Uadji Dynasty I

The Horus name of pharaoh Djet is well attested, but there is a second version that in addition to the cobra sign, has a papyrus stem before it, which could be read Wadj. This second name has only been found as grafitti near Silsileh and according to Petrie, it belongs to Dynasty XIII.

The Abydos King List lists the fourth pharaoh as Ita, while the Turin papyrus lists a name ending with ..ti. The Manetho list of Africanus and Eusebius both give Uenephes.

Reign of Djet
AE Chronology2822–2815
von Beckerath2927–2914
Manetho (Africanus)23 years
Manetho (Eusebius)42 years


The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Djet: Djet
Serpent of Horus
Petrie, Royal Tombs, I, plate XVII, 125-127
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 38-39, 4:H
Horus name variant
Horus name of Djet: Wadj
Reinvigorated serpent of Horus
Petrie, A Season in Egypt, plate XIV, 414
ASAE, 4, 221
Throne name
Throne name of Djet: Ita*
Abydos king list 4
Mariette, Abydos, I, plate 43 (4)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 38-39, 4:E1
Throne name variant
Throne name of Djet: Ity*
Royal Canon of Turin 3.15
Gardiner, The Royal Canon of Turin (1959), II:15
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 38-39, 4:E2

The sources of antiquity

From the writings of the historians and scholars of antiquity

Africanus i, 4 Ουενεφης Ouenephes Uenephis 23 years
Eusebius i, 4 Ουενεφης Ouenephes Uenephes 42 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), 94–96
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 31–32
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 25


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The Royal titulary

The full titulary was announced at the coronation, when a pharaoh officially became king.

Horus name
The oldest form of a pharaoh's name, often enclosed in a serekh, a sort of "heraldic crest" representing a palace facade.

Nebty name
The "Two Ladies", the heraldic goddesses Nekhbet and Wadjet, representing Upper and Lower Egypt respectively.

Golden Horus
Golden Horus name
Gold was strongly associated with eternity, but the meaning of this title is disputed.

Throne name
(prenomen) Announced at the coronation, and written in a cartouche.

Personal name
(nomen) The name given at birth, also written in a cartouche.

Ancient historians

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