Ancient Egypt Greatest Kings – The Scorpion King

Valley of the Kings

Ancient Egypt Greatest Kings
“the Scorpion King”

Written by Egyptologist Mohamed Fahmy

Today I’d like to shed the light on one of the most important Kings of Ancient Egypt, King Narmer or the Scorpion King from the First Dynasty.

In the year 3100 BC a young, intelligent and ambitious prince from Upper Egypt from a city called Abydos north of Luxor decided to conquer the Lower Egypt and unite Egypt for the first time ever King Narmer who used always to have the Scorpion drawn on his shield and chariot, managed to conquer the Lower Egypt and unite the two lands and for the first time ever we had a King who wore the White and the Red crown combined as a symbol of Egypt unification.

After uniting Egypt Narmer realized that his native city was not near enough to the centre of his new kingdom to serve as his capital, he therefore founded Memphis at the junction of the two lands to be his capital and Egypt’s first capital ever. In order to build Memphis Namer built a Dam on the Nile diverting the course of the Nile above the site of Memphis so he could gain the right space to build Memphis or “INB-HDJ” in hieroglyphic which means “The White Wall”.

Historians described him as a great State man introducing to Egypt a highly developed system of centralised government and the writing down of the Laws. The famous Palette of Narmer demonstrating his unification of Egypt is on display at Cairo Museum.

Narmer had two Tombs one in the South of Egypt in his native city Abydos which was discovered and to be honest it is insignificant in comparison with his Wife Queen “Neith-Hoteps” amazing tomb at the west bank of Luxor in city called NAQADEH.

We can only conclude that the Scorpion King invested so much in his Northern Tomb which is still to be discovered and we can only imagine what it may still contain.
After Narmer seven other kings and one Queen reigned successively over Egypt in the following order:

1-King Hor-aha
2-Queen Meryt-Neith
3- King Djet”
4-King Den
5-King Adjib
6- King Semerkhet
7- King QA

King Narmer is definitely the founder of one of the greatest civilizations that this world had ever seen uniting the land of Egypt and establishing a structured order of governing the people.

Explore Travel and Cruises would like to thank Mohamed Fahmy for his contribution and if you would like to make a comment please do and there will be more in this series to come.

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What a unique experience this was for my husband and I and a group of friends ( 5 other couples). I felt like we were going back in time and living the life that a well to do 19th century family would have while they were sojourning down the Nile River. The decor of the living spaces on the second level upstairs on the upper deck looked like pieces you would see in a palace of royalty. The bedrooms on the first level that had windows that opened up just above the water level were spacious and comfortable. The bed was comfy as can be!!
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The tours that were scheduled for us were so well run and our Egyptologist, Ahmed , was obtaining his Ph.D in Egyptology and was so very interesting and knowledgeable. We had the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride and also a trip to Abu Simbel which were both amazing and unforgettable. After every tour we arrived back on the boat and were greeted by Tito and Adam with specialty cold lovely drinks and cold lemon scented wet towels to refresh ourselves with.
Tito took us shopping in the Luxor Market for a couple of hours the day before we left. He helped us negotiate the goods we purchased which was a huge help.
Lastly I have to mention our Dahabiya Cruise Captain, Mahmoud . This guy was amazing! He made sure we had everything we needed and kept us entertained with his humour and incredible dancing skills. Our group learned so much about the Egyptian culture from him during our dinner conversations.
Our group all agreed that we would miss these wonderful, thoughtful people that we spent a week with and hope they all knew how much we appreciated each one of them.

Joan Mancini
Travel date Sept 2021

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