Seventeenth Dynasty of Egypt

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Dynasties of Ancient Egypt

The Fifteenth, Sixteenth and Seventeenth Dynasties of ancient Egypt are often combined under the group title, Second Intermediate Period. The Seventeenth Dynasty dates approximately from 1580 to 1550 BC.[1]

The Seventeenth Dynasty covers a period of time when Egypt was split into a set of small Hyksos-ruled kingdoms. It is mainly Theban rulers contemporary with the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Dynasties.

In March 2012, French archeologists examining a limestone door in the Amun-Ra temple in Luxor discovered hieroglyphs with the name Senakhtenre, the first evidence of this king dating to his lifetime. [2]

The last two kings of the dynasty opposed the Hyksos rule over Egypt and initiated a war that would rid Egypt of the Hyksos kings and began a period of unified rule, the New Kingdom.

Kamose, the second son of Seqenenre Tao, was the brother of Ahmose I--the first king of the Eighteenth Dynasty.


Known rulers of the Seventeenth Dynasty are as follows:[1]

Dynasty XVII pharaohs
Pharaoh Prenomen Reign (BCE) Burial Consort(s)
Rahotep Sekhemre-wahkhaw ca 1585 BC
Sobekemsaf I Sekhemre-wadjkhaw 7 years Nubemhat
Sobekemsaf II Sekhemre-shedtawy Robbed during the reign of Ramesses IX Nubkhaes
Intef Sekhemre-wepmaat Dra' Abu el-Naga'?
Intef Nubkheperre Dra' Abu el-Naga' Sobekemsaf
Sekhemre-Heruhirmaat Intef Sekhemre-heruhermaat Haankhes
Ahmose Senakhtenre 1 year Tetisheri
Tao Seqenenre c. 1560 4 years Ahmose Inhapy
Ahhotep I
Kamose Wadjkheperre 1555 to 1550 BC 5 years Ahhotep II?

Finally, king Nebmaatre may have been a ruler of the early 17th dynasty.[3]


  1. ^ a b Shaw, Ian, ed. (2000). The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. Oxford University Press. p. 481. ISBN 0-19-815034-2. 
  2. ^ "A Pharaoh of the Seventeenth dynasty identified at Karnak". CFEETK – Centre Franco-Égyptien d'Étude des Temples de Karnak. 
  3. ^ K. S. B. Ryholt, Adam Bülow-Jacobse, The political situation in Egypt during the second intermediate period, c. 1800-1550 B.C., pp 168, 170, 171, 179, 204, 400

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