Pharaoh Infobox | Alt= Boethos, Bedjau, Baunetjer, Hetepsekhemwy, Boêthos, Boëthos
Caption=Bone cylinder inscribed with the
Name= Hotepsekhemwy| HorusHiero=
Horus= "Hotepsekhemwy" The two powers are at peace
Nebty= The Two Ladies are satisfied
Reign= 38 years, according to
Burial= Tomb in
Monuments= Tomb in Saqqara
Hotepsekhemwy, (in Greek known as Boethos), was the first king of the
Second dynasty of Egypt. His name means "Pleasing in Powers." [Peter Clayton, Chronicle of the Pharaohs, Thames and Hudson Ltd, 2006 paperback, p.26] Little is known about his reign.
It is possible that
PharaohHotepsekhemwy reached office through marriage with a princess. Thus we do not know if he was related to the old Thinite line of rulers or not. He is not thought to be the son of Pharaoh Qa'a, but possibly his son-in-law. Regardless, he made offerings in memory of the man and was possibly responsible for Qa'a's funeral. Sealings with the name of "Hotepsekhemwy" have been found outside the tomb of Qa'a at Abydos.
His tomb has been identified in
Saqqara; the substructure has survived but there are no remains of a superstructure.
Manetho's account, a chasmopened at Bubastis, causing many to perish during the 38 year reign of Boethos. However, Manetho wrote in the 3rd century BC, over two millennia after the king's actual reign, so his information is not considered always reliable.
* Toby A. H. Wilkinson, "Early Dynastic Egypt", Routledge, London/New York 1999, ISBN 0-415-18633-1, 83-84
* [http://www.nemo.nu/ibisportal/0egyptintro/2egypt/2sidor/2hotepsekhemwy.htm Egyptian kings: Hotepsekhemwy]
* [http://www.ancient-egypt.org/kings/02/0201_hotepsekhemwi/titulary.html The Ancient Egypt Site: Hotepsekhemwi]
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