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Dynasties of Ancient Egypt

Khabash, also Khababash, Khabbash or Chababash, resided at Sais in the fifth nome of Lower Egypt in the fourth century BC. During the second Persian occupation of Egypt (343–332 BC) he led a revolt against the Persian rule in concert with his eldest son, from ca. 338 to 335 BC,[1] a few years before the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great.

Little is known about him. He is referred to as "Lord of both lands",[2] i.e. King of Upper and Lower Egypt, and as "Son of the Sun", another pharaonic title, and given the throne name of Senen-setep-en-Ptah in a decree by Ptolemy Lagides,[3] who became King Ptolemy I Soter in 305 BCE.

Sometime in the 330s BC, Khabash led an invasion into the kingdom of Kush which was defeated by king Nastasen and recorded in a stela now in the Berlin museum. An Apis bull sarcophagus bearing his name was found at Saqqara[4] and dated to his second year.[5]


  1. ^ Phiroze Vasunia, The Gift of the Nile: Hellenizing Egypt from Aeschylus to Alexander, University of California Press 2001, p.266
  2. ^ Records of the Past Being English Translations of the Assyrian and Egyptian Monuments, Adamant Media Corporation 2001, p.73
  3. ^ The decree of Ptolemy Lagides
  4. ^ Karl Baedeker, Egypt, Adamant Media Corporation 2000. p.130
  5. ^ Samuel Birch, Ancient history from the monuments. Egypt from the earliest times to B.C. 300, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge 1883, p.189

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