Seventeenth Dynasty of Egypt

Seventeenth Dynasty of Egypt
c. 1580 BC–c. 1550 BC
Sarcophagus of Sekhemre-Wepmaat Intef, Louvre Museum
Sarcophagus of Sekhemre-Wepmaat Intef, Louvre Museum
Common languagesEgyptian language
Religion ancient Egyptian religion
GovernmentAbsolute monarchy
Historical eraBronze Age
• Established
c. 1580 BC
• Disestablished
c. 1550 BC
Preceded by Succeeded by
Sixteenth Dynasty of Egypt
Abydos Dynasty
Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt

The Seventeenth Dynasty of Egypt (notated Dynasty XVII, alternatively 17th Dynasty or Dynasty 17) was a dynasty of pharaohs that ruled in Upper Egypt during the late Second Intermediate Period, approximately from 1580 to 1550 BC. Its mainly Theban rulers are contemporary with the Hyksos of the Fifteenth Dynasty and succeed the Sixteenth Dynasty, which was also based in Thebes.

In March 2012, French archeologists examining a limestone door in the Precinct of Amun-Re at Karnak discovered hieroglyphs with the name Senakhtenre, the first evidence of this king dating to his lifetime.

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 of Egypt.

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

Some mainstream scholars have suggested that the Seventeenth dynasty of Egypt had Nubian ancestry due to the expanded presence of Nubians in Egypt during that time period and the craniofacial evidence from X-ray examinations of some members of this dynasty such as Seqenenre Tao and Tetisheri who displayed strong affinities with contemporary Nubians. Donald Redford explicitly argues that Egyptians "entered into the service of the king of Kush" between seventeenth and sixteenth centuries BC, citing historical texts along with archaeological evidence that showed an increased Nubian presence from the third Cataract on the Nile as far north as Deir Rifeh. Redford summarises that a shared "community of interest" existed which coincided with the influx of Nubian pottery and weapons in Upper Egypt. There is no conclusive evidence that the founder of the dynasty, Rahotep, was of Nubian origin however and the dynasty is recognized as a native Egyptian dynasty by many scholars.

Pharaohs of the 17th Dynasty

The Pharaohs of the 17th Dynasty ruled for approximately 30 years. Known rulers of the 17th Dynasty are as follows:

Seventeenth Dynasty pharaohs
Pharaoh Image Throne Name / Prenomen Reign Burial Consort(s) Comments
Rahotep Sekhemre-wahkhaw c. 1585 BC
Sobekemsaf I Sekhemre-wadjkhaw 7 years Nubemhat
Sobekemsaf II Statuette Sobekemsaf Petrie b Sekhemre-shedtawy Robbed during the reign of Ramesses IX Nubkhaes
Intef V Louvre 122006 050 Sekhemre-wepmaat Dra' Abu el-Naga'?
Intef VI WoodenCoffinOfIntef-BritishMuseum-August21-08 Nubkheperre Dra' Abu el-Naga' Sobekemsaf
Intef VII Sekhemre-heruhermaat Haankhes
Ahmose Relief Senakhtenre by Khruner Senakhtenre 1 year Tetisheri
Tao Seqenenre c. 1560 (4 years) Ahmose Inhapy
Ahhotep I
Died in battle against the Hyksos
Kamose Sarcophage-Kamose Wadjkheperre 1555 to 1550 BC (5 years) Ahhotep II?

Finally, king Nebmaatre may have been a ruler of the early 17th Dynasty.

See also

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