Also known as: Hetepsekhemwy, Hotepsekhemui
Dynasty II

The Horus name Hotepsekhemwy is well attested, but his birth name was Hotepnebty. The New Kingdom king list gives his name as Bedjau, Bedjetau, Baunetjer. Due to the hieratic sign similarity of Hotepnebty to Bedjau, it was likely corrupted by later scribes, and. Baunetjer was a further corruption of Bedjau. The names from Manetho, Boethos (Africanus) and Bokhos (Eusebius,) are in turn likely Greek corruptions of Bedjau.

Reign of Hotepsekhemwy
AE Chronologyc. 2730
von Beckerath2828–2800
Manetho (Africanus)38 years


The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Hotepsekhemwy: Hotep sekhemwy
Hotep sekhemwy
 Horus, reconciliation of the two powers
Petrie, Royal Tombs, II, plate VIII (8-11)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 42-43, 1:H
Nebty name
Nebty name of Hotepsekhemwy: Hotep nebty
Hotep nebty
 The Two Ladies are satisfied
Kaplony, Inschriften der ägyptischen Frühzeit, III, 76 (281-2)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 42-43, 1:N
Throne name
Throne name of Hotepsekhemwy: Bedjau*
 The smelter
Abydos king list 9
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 42-43, 1:E2


The sources of antiquity

From the writings of the historians and scholars of antiquity

Africanus ii, 1 Βoηθoς Boethos Boithos 38 years
Eusebius ii, 1 Βωχος Bokhos Bochus


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 42–43
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 124–126
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 37
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 27–28



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