Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Sbaza Gamal Ismail
King Zoser was the founder of the Old Kingdom that started with the 3rd dynasty, better known as the Pyramid Age. His name was mentioned on the Palermo Stone the same way as other founders of dynasties, in red ink. The number of years he actually ruled was never confirmed; some say that it was 19 years while others suggest that it was close to 29 years. He was the son of the last ruler of the 2nd dynasty, Khasekhemwy, whose identity has sparked a sort of debate among scholars due to the existence of two similar names from the same period: The first was Khasekhem (the shining power) and the other Khasekhemwy (the two shining powers). Most scholars have suggested that ...