Sekhemib

 Dynasty II

The first pharaoh to add an epithet within the serekh of the Horus name, which was not included in the earlier version of the name. His tomb has not been found. The identity of Sekhemib has given rise to several theories, and the question has still not been solved by Egyptologists.

Reign of Sekhemib
AE Chronology2660–2650
Malek2700–2674
Redford2734–2714

 

The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Sekhemib: Sekhem ib
Sekhem ib
sḫm-ib
The resolute one
s-sxm-ib
Abydos Tomb P, IÄF 266-268
Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo 20 no. 52
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 44-45, a:H1
Horus name variant
Horus name of Sekhemib: Sekhem ib per en Maat
Sekhem ib per en Maat
sḫm-ib-pr-n-mꜢꜤt
The resolute one who comes forth for Maat
s-sxm-ib:pr:n-U4:t
Bowl fragment in British Museum (EA52862)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 44-45, a:H2
Nebty name
Nebty name of Sekhemib: Sekhem ib per en Maat
Sekhem ib per en Maat
sḫm-ib-pr-n-mꜢꜤt
The resolute one who comes forth for Maat
s-sxm-ib:pr:n-U4:t
Lauer, La Pyramide à Degrés, IV, no. 93-94
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 44-45, a:N

Bibliography


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 44–45
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 362–365
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 22–23, 40
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 29

 

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The Royal titulary

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

Horus
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
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.

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

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

Kinglists
Ancient historians

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