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English: Sanakht (also read as Hor-Sanakht; sometimes connected to or identified with Nebka) was probably either the first or second pharaoh of the Third dynasty of Ancient Egypt. While Sanakht's existence is attested by a mastaba and a graffito, among other objects, his position as the founder of the Third dynasty, as recorded by Manetho and the Turin Canon, has been seriously undermined by recent archaeological discoveries at Abydos.

These discoveries establish that it was likely Djoser who helped bury Khasekhemwy, rather than Sanakht. It appears instead, that Sanakht was a later king of the third dynasty. Unlike Djoser, few relics survive from Sanakht's reign, which also casts serious doubts on the traditional figure of an eighteen year reign for this king, as given by both Manetho and the Turin Canon.

Sanakht's wife was Initkawes, a sister of Djoser.
Date of birth 27th century BC
Date of death 2715 BC
  • statesperson
Position held
  • pharaoh
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