King Djet

The 4th pharaoh of the First Dynasty of Egypt is King Djet. He established a mining policy during his reign; his name was found graved into a rock on one of the roads that connect Edfu to the Red Sea. He found his famous painting, now housed in Paris Louver Museum, which bears his name.

King Djet

Manetho states that during the reign of this king, there was a great famine but the Palermo Stone, which reports the flood levels of the Nile (circumstance closely linked to the lack of the wealth of agricultural production), is broken precisely in correspondence with the reign of Djet.

Based on the rarity of elements in the archaeological documentation, which could indicate the lesser importance of this king compared to others of the first dynasty, many scholars believe that the duration of the reign of Djet is be estimated between five and ten years unlike what Manetho seems to attribute to him.

King Djet is known, with certainty, of the burial in the necropolis of Umm El Qa'ab, near Abydos, (tomb Z) while what is traditionally associated with him in Saqqara is probably the mastaba of a high official of the court.

Outside the tomb,  there was a stele erected so the visitors could pay tribute to the dead king. This famous 1.43 m tall stele is better known as the Stele of the Serpent King and is now located at the Louvre.


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