Raneb (Nebra)

Raneb (Nebra) in Tour Egypt

RANEB (NEBRA), THE 2ND KING OF EGYPT'S 2ND DYNASTY by Jimmy Dunn. Almost all Egyptologists firmly believe that a king by the name of Raneb (or Nebra) succeeded the first king of Egypt's 2nd Dynasty, Hotepsekhemwy. Of course, while we have little information about Raneb, his reign is important to us because of its chronological position during the Egyptian empire's formative years. Presumably, Raneb was Hotepsekhemwy's son, or perhaps his brother, but there is little evidence to prove such. Raneb, which was probably this king's birth name, means "Re is the Lord", but many believe, because there seems to have been no specific mention of the god Re prior to this time, that it should more appropriately be read as Nebra, meaning "Lord of the Sun". There is evidence from later King lists that his birth name was probably Kakaw (or Kakau). Manetho, the great historian of ancient Egypt, believed that Raneb reigned for some 39 years as king of Egypt. However, many modern scholars believe that his reign was much shorter, lasting between ten and nineteen years years. In fact, some scholars seem to believe that Raneb's reign and that of his predecessor, Hotepsekhemwy, should together be 38 or 39 years, with both therefore having shorter reigns then provided by Manetho. His reign is attested to by various sources, including finding from the enormous middle Saqqara tomb A (cylinder seal impressions) south of Djoser's temenos south wall and the inscription on a statuette of Redjit. We also find references to Nebra on a Memphite stela now located in the Metropolitan Museum, a statuette, and a rock graffiti near Armant in the western desert (and possibly another at site 40 in the Eastern Desert) , close to an ancient trade route linking the Nile with the western Oasis. Manetho also tells us that Raneb introduced the worship not only of the sacred goat of Mendes, but also of the sacred bull of Mnevis at the old sun-worship center of Heliopolis, and the Apis bull at Memphis. However, scholars now appear to believe that the cult of the Apis bull was established by a former king, which is attested on a stele dating from the rule of Den (Udimu). Irregardless, it would seem that his name, whether stated as Raneb or Nebra, indicates a significant shift of worship to the sun god, which would have a very important impact on much of Egypt's remaining history. Apparently at the end of the 1st Dynasty, there was considerable rebellion, presumably problems held over from the empires initial unification. We are told that Hotepsekhemwy reunited the two lands of Northern (Lower) and Southern (Upper) Egypt, so if follows that Raneb perhaps ruled during a period of a tentative peace. We are not certain of his burial place. 1st Dynasty kings appear to have mostly been buried at Abydos, but his seal impressions at Saqqara suggest that he could have been buried there, though there is absolutely no certainty on that matter. Regardless, future excavation may eventually reveal more to us on this interesting and important era of early Egyptian history and this relatively unknown king. Raneb was succeeded by Ninetjer (Nynetjer), though once again, we have no real information on this latter king's relationship to Raneb.

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Raneb in Wikipedia

Raneb was a king during the Second dynasty of Egypt. The Egyptian priest Manetho, calls Raneb Kaiechos and states that he ruled Egypt for 39 years but such a high figure is not confirmed from the few contemporary objects known from his reign. The king lists call him Kakau. Some scholars also read his serekh as Nebre, reversing the hieroglyphs. Manetho also claims that he introduced the worship of the sacred goat Mendes.[1] His name actually came from the name of the god Ra, also sometimes written Re, thus giving his name a meaning 'The Son of Ra'. His name Raneb translates as "Ra is the Lord."[2] Family Raneb was a son or brother of Hotepsekhemwy. Hotepsekhemwy's son was Perneb, who was either a nephew or brother of Raneb[3]. It's possible that Raneb's son was Nynetjer. Identification of Raneb with Weneg The Egyptologist Jochem Kahl has recently concluded that a mysterious king Weneg, Wadjnes or Tlas in the kinglists was actually the Nebty name of Raneb.[4] Weneg is attested solely by inscriptions on stone vessels found in the Step Pyramid of Djoser and in Tomb S 3014.[5] Weneg's exact chronological position, as well the identification of his Horus name among those known for the second dynasty kings has remained a mystery.[6] But as Jochem Kahl observes regarding an inscription on a fragment of a stone bowl: "A long-known inscription from Tomb P at Umm el-Qaab (Doc. 22) provides the key to solving some of the problems associated with Weneg. In the inscription the nsw bjt nb.tj name Nynetjer faces the opposite direction from the name of Ra'-neb and that of his palace (Fig. II. 2.1) Ra-neb's name is partially erased. Scrutiny of the inscription reveals that the name Nynetjer is written over Weneg. Traces of the plant sign used to write Weneg are discernible, as are the enigmatic strokes to the upper left and right of it (Fig. II 2.2) Thus Nynetjer must have been Weneg's successor, and the original inscription referred to the palace of Horus Ra'-neb and to nsw bjt nb.tj Weneg."[7] Therefore, Kahl concludes that the Horus name of Weneg must be king Raneb, the second ruler of the Second Dynasty of Egypt who was succeeded on the throne by Nynetjer.[8] - Wikipedia

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