4th Dynasty

The History of Egypt for Kids - 4th Dynasty, the Age of the Pyramids

The History of Ancient Egypt and facts about the line of pharaohs in the 4th Dynasty from King Snefru to King Shepseskaf

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Ancient Egyptians - 4th Dynasty
A comprehensive guide and fact sheet about the 4th dynasty of the royal house of Egypt. Discover fascinating facts and information about ancient Egypt and the 4th Dynasty of Ancient Egyptian pharaohs.
 
The definition of the 4th Dynasty, the Age of the Pyramids
4th dynasty pharaohs timeline and chronology
4th dynasty Egyptian pharaohs from King Snefru to King Shepseskaf
History of the 4th dynasty of the Old Kingdom
Facts and information about the 4th dynasty time period
4th dynasty line of succession
Names, dates and events, the building of the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx
An overview of the history of the 4th Dynasty of ancient Egypt

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History of the 4th Dynasty and its Pharaohs from King Snefru to King Shepseskaf
Overview with interesting facts and information about the civilization and history of the 4th Dynasty Pharaohs and Kings of the Old Kingdom period in ancient Egyptian history.

Fourth Dynasty Dates: c 25752465 B.C.E.

Ancient Egyptian History - 4th Dynasty Fact Sheet

Fact 1 on 4th Dynasty:

The 3rd royal house of Egypt included King Djoser and his brilliant architect Imhotep who built the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, beginning the Age of the Pyramids. The last king called Huni had a daughter called Hetepheres who became the wife of Snefru. 
 

Fact 2 on 4th Dynasty:

King Snefru and Queen Hetepheres became the founders of the 4th royal house of ancient Egyptian kings. They ruled at Memphis.
 

Fact 3 on 4th Dynasty:

Snefru was a pharaoh of great vision. One of his major achievements was to establish and Egyptian navy with over 40 ships, and explore the trading possibilities in the north with the Phoenicians in modern Lebanon.
 

Fact 4 on 4th Dynasty:

Wood was scarce in Egypt and cedarwood was a valuable commodity imported from Lebanon and used for building more ships, making temple doors and the manufacture of expensive coffins.
 

Fact 5 on 4th Dynasty:

Snefru, following the example of Djoser, continued military campaigns consolidating the hold over lands in the Eastern Desert and attacking the lands of northern Nubia.
 

Fact 6 on 4th Dynasty:

Snefru's successful campaigns in gold-rich Nubia resulted in the Egyptians capturing numerous Nubian prisoners. His military campaigns against the Nubians were recorded on the Palermo Stone.
 

Fact 7 on 4th Dynasty:

Snefru continued the building of the Pyramid Age by completing the Meidum Pyramid near Crocodilopolis that had been started by King Huni. He then initiated the building the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid at Dashur (40 kilometres, 24 miles south of Cairo).
 

Fact 8 on 4th Dynasty:

Snefru's son Khufu aka Cheops succeeded his father to the throne of Egypt.
 

Fact 9 on 4th Dynasty:

Khufu aka Cheops built the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
 

Fact 10 on 4th Dynasty:

The architecture of the Step Pyramids had evolved to smooth surfaced pyramids. The Great Pyramid of Giza contains some 600,000 stone blocks, each weighing on the average two and a half tons.
 

Fact 11 on 4th Dynasty:

Khufu was succeeded by his son Djedefre aka Radjedef who built his pyramid, now in ruins, at Abu Rawash, some 8 km to the north of Giza. Djedefre's brother Khafre aka Chephren succeeded him to the throne.
 

Fact 12 on 4th Dynasty:

Khafre or Khafra (aka Chephren) was the builder of the second largest pyramid of Giza (Khafre's Pyramid)
 

Fact 13 on 4th Dynasty:

The Great Sphinx at Giza is said to date to the time of Khafre, although this is not confirmed. Khafre was described by later historians as a 'cruel and heretic ruler'.
 

Fact 14 on 4th Dynasty:

King Menkaure became famous for his pyramid tomb at Giza. Menkaure's Pyramid is the smallest of the three pyramids at Giza.
 

Fact 15 on 4th Dynasty:

Shepseskaf was the sixth and last pharaoh of this royal house of Egypt and broke with the tradition of building a pyramid as his tomb. There are theories that Shepseskaf may have chosen to build a Mastaba at Saqqara, rather than a pyramid at Giza, in order to undermine the growing influence of the priests of the sun-god Ra.
 

Fact 16 on 4th Dynasty:

The pharaohs of the 4th royal house were autocratic rulers only delegating power and responsibilities to members of the royal family. This would change when the next royal line, the sun kings, came to the throne of Egypt.
 

Ancient Egyptian History - 4th Dynasty Fact Sheet

Definition of the 4th Dynasty
Definition: The 4th Dynasty of ancient Egypt consisted of a succession of kings from the same family who succeeded each other on the royal throne of Egypt by right of inheritance. The Kings of Egypt and pharaohs of the 4th Dynasty ruled during the time period known in ancient Egyptian history as the Old Kingdom, the Age of the Pyramids.

Fourth Dynasty Dates: c 25752465 B.C.E.
 

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History of the 4th Dynasty Pharaohs
Overview with interesting facts and information about the Pharaohs and Kings of the Old Kingdom period in ancient Egyptian history.

All the Giza Pyramids

All of the Giza Pyramids

 

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4th Dynasty Chronology - Succession and History of the Kings
The following 4th Dynasty Chronology details the names of the Kings and Pharaohs of the 4th Dynasty and the dates of the years during which they reigned, together with a map of ancient Egypt.
 

Chronology of the Kings

 

Name

Dates of Reign

King Snefru25752551 BC

King Khufu aka Cheops25512528 BC

King Djedefre aka Radjedef25282520 BC

King Khafre or Khafra aka Chephren25202494 BC

King Menkaure aka Mycerinus24902472 BC

King Shepseskaf24722467 BC
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Meidum Step pyramid

Meidum Step pyramid

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