Shepseskara Netjeruser

Also known as: Shepseskare Dynasty V

Shepseskara is a very obscure king, who probably only ruled for a short time, maybe even only a couple months. He was likely a member of the royal family, but in which capacity is unknown. The Turin papyrus is of little help as the names of the relevant kings are missing, in fact, his name is only present on the Saqqara king list. He is included on Manetho's king list as Sisires

Reign of Shepseskara Netjeruser
von Beckerath2438–2431
Turin Canon7 years
Manetho (Africanus)7 years


The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Shepseskara Netjeruser: Sekhem khau
Sekhem khau
Powerful of appearances
Aegyptische Inschriften aus den Königlichen Museen zu Berlin, (20396)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 56-57, 4:H
Throne name
Throne name of Shepseskara Netjeruser: Shepses ka Ra
Shepses ka Ra
The noble one of the ka of Ra
Saqqara king list 31
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 56-57, 4:T2
Birth name
Birth name of Shepseskara Netjeruser: Netjer user
Netjer user
The divine and strong one
Aegyptische Inschriften aus den Königlichen Museen zu Berlin, (20384)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 56-57, 4:E

The sources of antiquity

From the writings of the historians and scholars of antiquity

Africanus v, 4 Σισιρης Sisires Sisires 7 years


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 56–57
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 427–428
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 119
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 39


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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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