Also known as: Menkaure, Mykerinos, Mycerinus
Dynasty IV

According to Africanus, Manetho named Mencheres (Menkaura) as the successor of king Bicheris, but according to the archaeological records, he was the successor of Khafra. Eusebius' record of Manetho's fourth dynasty only mentions one king by name; Soyphis (Khufu). The fourth dynasty in the Turin papyrus is heavily damaged, but Khafra can be read in 4.12. The name that would occupy 4.14 mentions a reign of at least 28 years, which can hardly be anyone but Menkaura.

Reign of Menkaura
AE Chronology2447–2442
von Beckerath2514–2486
Turin Canon28+ years
Manetho (Africanus)63 years


The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Menkaura: Ka khet
Ka khet
 The bull of the (divine) Corporation
Legrain, Achats à Louqsor, ASAE 4 (1903): 134
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 54-55, 6:H1


Nebty name
Nebty name of Menkaura: Ka
 The bull (by means) of the Two Ladies
Legrain, Achats à Louqsor, ASAE 4 (1903): 134
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 54-55, 6:N
Golden Horus name
Golden Horus name of Menkaura: Netjery bik nebu
Netjery bik nebu
 The golden falcon is divine
Aegyptische Inschriften aus den Königlichen Museen zu Berlin, (19999)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 54-55, 6:G
Throne name
Throne name of Menkaura: Men ka Ra
Men ka Ra
 The established one of the ka of Ra
Kaplony Die Rollsiegel des Alten Reiches, II, plate XXXV
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 54-55, 6:E2


The sources of antiquity

From the writings of the historians and scholars of antiquity

Africanus iv, 4 Mενχερης Menkheres Mencheres 63 years
Herodotus 129 Μυκερινον Mycerinus Mycerinos
Diodorus 1.64.6 Μυκερινος Mukerinos Mycerinus
Eratosthenes 17 Μοσχερως Moskheres Moscheres 31 years


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 54–55
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 200–202
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 95–100
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 36



With 2336 hieroglyphic names of the pharaohs
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