Seventeenth Dynasty of Egypt

The Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Dynasties of ancient Egypt are often combined under the group title, Second Intermediate Period. The Seventeenth Dynasty dates approximately from 1580 to 1550 BC.[1]

Its mainly Theban rulers are contemporary with the Hyksos of the Fifteenth Dynasty of Egypt and succeed the Sixteenth Dynasty, also based in Thebes.

In March 2012, French archeologists examining a limestone door in the Amun-Ra temple in Luxor discovered hieroglyphs with the name Senakhtenre, the first evidence of this king dating to his lifetime.[2]

The last two kings of the dynasty opposed the Hyksos rule over Egypt and initiated a war that would rid Egypt of the Hyksos kings and began a period of unified rule, the New Kingdom.

Kamose, the second son of Seqenenre Tao and last king of the Seventeenth Dynasty, was the brother of Ahmose I – the first king of the Eighteenth Dynasty.


Known rulers of the Seventeenth Dynasty are as follows:[1]

Dynasty XVII pharaohs
PharaohPrenomenReign (BCE)Burial Consort(s)
Rahotep Sekhemre-wahkhaw ca 1585 BC
Sobekemsaf I Sekhemre-wadjkhaw 7 years Nubemhat
Sobekemsaf II Sekhemre-shedtawy Robbed during the reign of Ramesses IX Nubkhaes
Intef Sekhemre-wepmaat Dra' Abu el-Naga'?
Intef Nubkheperre Dra' Abu el-Naga' Sobekemsaf
Intef Sekhemre-heruhermaat Haankhes
Ahmose Senakhtenre 1 year Tetisheri
Tao Seqenenre c. 1560 4 years Ahmose Inhapy
Ahhotep I
Kamose Wadjkheperre 1555 to 1550 BC 5 years Ahhotep II?

Finally, king Nebmaatre may have been a ruler of the early 17th dynasty.[3]


  1. 1 2 Shaw, Ian, ed. (2000). The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. Oxford University Press. p. 481. ISBN 0-19-815034-2.
  2. "A Pharaoh of the Seventeenth dynasty identified at Karnak". CFEETK – Centre Franco-Égyptien d'Étude des Temples de Karnak.
  3. K. S. B. Ryholt, Adam Bülow-Jacobse, The political situation in Egypt during the second intermediate period, c. 1800-1550 B.C., pp 168, 170, 171, 179, 204, 400

Preceded by
Sixteenth dynasty
Dynasty of Egypt
1585 − 1550 BCE
Succeeded by
Eighteenth dynasty
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