Also known as: Smenkhare, Smenkare
Dynasty XVIII

Very little is known of Smenkhkara because from the reign of Horemhab and on the pharaohs sought to erase the entire Amarna Period from history. The scant evidence that does exist is ambigous and often conflicting, and this very hard to interpret with any certainty. The throne name of Smekhkara, Ankhkheperura is the same used by Neferneferuaten, which has led to a great deal of confusion as throne names tended to be unique. It is now widely accepted that if Ankhkheperura include an epiteth, it belongs to Neferneferuaten, while if no epiteth is included, it belongs to Smekhkara.

Reign of Smenkhkara
AE Chronology1336–1334
von Beckerath1338–1335
Manetho (Josephus)12y 3m


The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Throne name
Throne name of Smenkhkara: Ankh kheperu Ra
Ankh kheperu Ra
 Living are the manifestations of Ra
Petrie, Tell el Amarna, plate XV (97-102)
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), III, 99a
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 144-145, 11:T3
Birth name
Birth name of Smenkhkara: Smenkh ka Ra, djoser kheperu
Smenkh ka Ra, djoser kheperu
 smnḫ-kꜢ-rꜤ ḏsr-ḫprw
 Potent is the soul of Ra, holy of forms
Petrie, Tell el Amarna, plate XV (103)
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), III, 99a



Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 144–145
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 435–436
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 18 (1912): 362–364
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 105



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