Psammuthes was a pharaoh of the Twenty-ninth Dynasty of Egypt during 392/1 BC.


The place of this king in the dynasty is a matter of debate. Although he is mentioned in three of Manetho's Epitome (Africanus, Eusebius and the Armenian version of the latter) and in the Demotic Chronicle, the sequence of kings is different among these sources and it is unclear if Psammuthes succeeded Hakor, or vice versa.

According to a hypothesis of the Egyptologist John D. Ray, upon the death of Nepherites I in 393 BC, the throne passed to his son and successor, which is likely to had been Hakor. However, it seems that in his Year 2 an usurper, Psammuthes (an hellenized form of the Egyptian name Pasherienmut),[1] seized power and deposed Hakor, while proclaiming himself pharaoh.

Relief bearing part of Psammuthes' royal titulary, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Both Manetho and the Demotic Chronicle give to Psammuthes a reign length of a year, agreeing with the highest date given by archaeological records, a Mother of Apis stele recording his "Year 1, fourth month of Peret". Before the year 2 of Psammuthes, and thus before the "official" year 3 of Hakor, the latter in some way resumed power, and then continued to date his monuments since his first coronation date, simply pretending that the usurper never existed.

Nevertheless, some archaeological records mentioning Psammuthes have survived: the Mother of Apis stele from the Serapeum of Saqqara, a block from Akhmim, and some other findings all from the Theban region. Psammuthes is generally credited to have ordered the construction of a chapel in Karnak, which was later usurped and finished by Hakor. It is also possible, however, that the chapel was started by Hakor before his deposition and further restored by him during his second reign.

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  1. Peter Clayton, Chronicle of the Pharaohs, Thames and Hudson Ltd. 1994 p.203


Ray, J. D., 1986: "Psammuthis and Hakoris", The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 72: 149-158.

Preceded by
Pharaoh of Egypt
Twenty-Ninth Dynasty
Succeeded by
Hakor (again)
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