Anedjib in Tour Egypt

ANEDJIB, THE 5TH RULER OF EGYPT'S 1ST DYNASTY Today, we lament the lack of information on some of Egypt's earliest dynastic kings, but in reality, we are perhaps lucky to have as much information as we do on these kings who's lives were lived, and than past almost 5,000 years ago. As excavations continue in Egypt, always providing us with more and more evidence of these kings, though sometimes raising more questions than answers, we will probably learn even more about these kings. We believe Anedjib (Andjyeb, Enezib), who seems to have been from the area around Abydos known as This, and is recorded as a Thinite king on the Saqqara King List from the tomb of Thunery, was the 5th ruler of Egypt's 1st Dynasty. Anedjib was this king's Horus name, which means "Safe is His Heart". If he is to be identified with Manetho's Miebidos (Miebis, Merpubia), then he may have ruled Egypt for about 26 years. However, most Egyptologists seem to give him a somewhat shorter reign, though he may have served as a co-regent with his father, who was probably Den, for some time. In his A History of Ancient Egypt, Nicolas Grimal tells us that Anedjib did in fact celebrate a Sed-festival, though it seemingly took place only shortly after the death of Den, suggesting that he came to the throne as sole ruler of Egypt only late in life. Vases discovered at Abydos in the area of Umm el-Qa'ab record this jubilee, along with the addition to his name, "protection surrounds Horus". Anedjib was probably the first king to have a nebty (Two Ladies) title and the news-bit (He of the sedge and bee) name in his royal titulary, although the nesw-bit title (without a name) had already been introduced in the reign of Den. This title reunited the two divine antagonists of the north and south in the person of the king. There were apparently problems during Anedjib's rule, as well as that of the next king, Semerkhet. It is very possible that the long reign of Den was responsible for the succession difficulties related to these two kings. It would seem that he experienced considerable problems with Northern, or Lower Egypt and apparently had to put down several revolts in that region. His successor, Semerkhet, was probably responsible for erasing Anedjib's name from a number of inscriptions on stone vases and other objects. However, Semerkhet's name was omitted from the Saqqara King List, so it is sometimes thought that Semerkhet may have usurped the throne of Egypt after Anedjib. Anedjib built a tomb (Tomb X) at Abydos, but it is one of the worst built and smallest of the Abydos royal tombs, measuring a mere 16.4 x 9 meters (53 3.4 x 29 1/2 feet). Interestingly, the burial chamber was constructed entirely of wood, and there were 64 graves of retainers within the area, also of low grade construction. Another tomb which was apparently built during the reign of Anedjib is that of an official named Nebitka (tomb 3038 at Saqqara). This tomb is interesting in that it contained a mudbrick stepped structure inside the Mastaba like structure, that some Egyptologists see as a forerunner of Djoser's Step Pyramid. Other than his tomb at Abydos, Anedjib is also attested to by seal impressions in tomb 3038 (the tomb of Nebetka) at Saqqara, in a tomb at Helwan, and also in a tomb at Abu Rawash.

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Anedjib in Wikipedia

As the fifth ruler of the First dynasty of Ancient Egypt, Anedjib (also Enezib, Adjib, or Andjyeb meaning "The Man with the Bold Heart" [1] or "Safe is his Heart" [2]) is poorly attested and fairly obscure within monumental records. He ruled over Egypt for 10 years. Anedjib was likely a son of Pharaoh Den. Several wives are known for Den, but their respective children are not known and the identity of Anedjib's mother remains a mystery. Anedjib's wife may have been Queen Betrest based on the fact that she is the mother of the next Pharaoh Semerkhet.[3] Others conjecture that Betrest was actually a wife of Pharaoh Den and that Semerkhet is a (half?-)brother of Anedjib. Length of Reign While the 3rd century BC priest Manetho records Anedjib ruling Egypt for 26 years, virtually all Egyptologists reject this figure in favor of a far shorter reign due to the relative scarcity of attestations known for this king in the monumental record. Toby Wilkinson's reconstruction of the near-contemporary Palermo Stone shows that Anedjib's reign length was only "10 complete or partial years."[5] Anedjib's penultimate and final year is recorded in Cairo Fragment One register III.[6] While Anedjib is known to have "celebrated a Sed festival, something which did not normally take place until a king had been on the throne for some considerable time," this was presumably because "Anedjib was elderly when he succeeded Den, and that the celebration of a Sed festival was considered auspicious to renew the powers of a king past his prime."[7] Reign Anedjib's predecessor and father, Den, enjoyed a long reign of 30+ years, implying that his successor Anedjib was elderly when he assumed power. Contemporary records suggest that he ruled Egypt during a time of political instability and dynastic conflict between Lower and Upper Egypt. Anedjib himself is presumed to have originated from an area of the Upper Egyptian city of Abydos since he is recorded as "Merbiapen", a Thinite king, on the Saqqara King List from the tomb of Thunery.[8] Anedjib was forced to put down several uprisings in Lower Egypt. Numerous stone vases bearing his serekh had their inscriptions erased under his successor, Semerkhet, which suggests that Semerkhet deposed Anedjib.[8] Anedjib's tomb, Tomb 10, at Umm el-Qa'ab in Abydos affirms the impression of the crisis-filled nature of his short reign. The tomb is considered to be "one of the worst built and smallest among the Abydos royal tombs, a mere 53.75 X 29.5 ft (16.4 X 9 m)."[9] It was built entirely of wood rather than stone, and was of poor construction quality while "the surrounding 64 graves of retainers were also of low standard."[9] - Wikipedia

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