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History Time Period:The Early Dynastic Period
Dynasty:1st Dynasty
Predecessor:King Djer
Parents:Djer and Herneith
Dates of his Reign:Exact dates unknown - 31st century BC
Principal Wife:Queen Merneith
Successor:Queen Merneith and then King Den

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Fact 1 on Djet:

Name: This pharaoh of ancient Egypt was also known as Wadj or Zet. His Horus name means "Serpent of Horus".

Fact 2 on Djet:

History: Djet ruled as the king of Egypt during the period in ancient Egyptian history known as the Early Dynastic Period and was a pharaoh of the 1st dynasty of kings by right of inheritance. He succeeded Pharaoh Djer to the throne of Egypt.

Fact 3 on Djet:

Family: His father was King Djer and his mother was Queen Herneith. His sister was called Merneith, who he also took as his wife. It was acceptable for the pharaoh to practise incest in order to retain the sacred and divine bloodline.

Fact 4 on Djet:

King Djet was probably named after Wadjet, the cobra goddess and protector of Pharaohs. Wadjet wears the Red Deshret Crown of Lower Egypt in the north of the country, as shown in the following picture.


Fact 5 on Djet:

The family and kings of the 1st Dynasty came from Upper Egypt in the south of the country. Djet's father (Djer), grandfather (Hor-Aha) and great-grandfather (Narmer) had fought to gain power in Lower Egypt and unify the country. As Wadjet was the protector goddess of Lower Egypt his name would have been a constant reminder to all ancient Egyptians that his family had subdued the warrior clans of the north.

Fact 6 on Djet:

Family: Djet married his sister Merneith whose status and title was the "Foremost of Women".

Fact 7 on Djet:

Family: The names of at least one of his other wives were Ahaneith. It was acceptable for the king of Egypt to practise Polygamy, meaning he had more than one wife at the same time. Having several wives or concubines in the Royal Harem enabled the pharaoh to maintain the first dynasty and ensure the line of succession of his family.

Fact 8 on Djet:

Information about his reign is scant. The primary source of information about the early kings of the Early Dynastic Period were inscribed on the Palermo Stone, but the portion relating to Djet was destroyed.

Fact 9 on Djet:

The pharaoh and his wife Merneith had a son called Den who became heir to the throne. That Merneith was the mother is confirmed in a clay seal found in the tomb of her son, who would become King Den, that was engraved with "King's Mother".

Fact 10 on Djet:

It seems probable that King Djet, died at a relatively early age and their son, Crown Prince Den, was too young to rule. There is no evidence to fully clarify whether Queen Merneith ruled as regent or whether she actually ruled in her own right.


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Fact 11 on Djet:

The king was buried in his tomb at Abydos, the traditional location for the burials of the royal kings. Evidence of Human Sacrifice has been discovered at his tomb complex which included 174 subsidiary graves. His tomb was highly elaborate and panels on the timber walls were lined with gold plate engraved with papyrus reeds.

Fact 12 on Djet:

A huge Mastaba Tomb in Saqqara is also associated with the reign of Djet. It is and decorated with 400 bulls heads and actual bulls horns around the walls. His grandfather, King Hor-Aha had established the religious cult of the Apis bull at Memphis, and these artefacts indicate that the Apis cult was considered highly important at this time.

Fact 13 on Djet:

All of the kings of 1st Dynasty were associated with human sacrifice and chose members of their royal household to be buried with them. The remains of men and women were found in the complex, who had died in order to accompany Djet into the Afterlife.

Fact 14 on Djet:

Bodies found in tombs from this era show marks of the throat having been cut before the victims were decapitated. They were not buried alive as some rumors suggest.

Fact 15 on Djet:

The practise of human sacrifice ceased abruptly at the end of the 1st dynasty when 'shabtis' took the place of actual people. No reason has been discovered for this sudden change in this ancient, barbaric, burial ritual.

Fact 16 on Djet:

The mystery and circumstances surrounding the early death of King Djet has never been explained. His grave chamber was looted shortly after his burial, and the wooden roof and lining of the rooms were set  on fire. All reference to his royal name is missing from the Palermo Stone, was it deliberately destroyed or simply damaged over the course of time? Nobody knows the truth.

Fact 17 on Djet:

King Djet's tomb was later restored later by King Qa'a and offering goods were once again placed in the tomb. The question must be asked as to why his wife Queen Merneith or his son King Den, nor the following kings Adjib and Semerkhet did not restore the tomb. Why was this task left to King Qa'a? (see line of succession below)

Fact 18 on Djet:

The king who died in mysterious circumstances was first followed by Queen Merneith and then by his son, King Den

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NarmerExact Dates Unknown




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