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Ancient Egyptians For Dummies

From The Ancient Egyptians For Dummies by Charlotte Booth

Ancient Egypt is famous for its history, architecture, religion . . . the list goes on! Here you’ll find a timeline detailing important periods that shaped this fascinating civilization.

Ancient Egypt Timeline

Here’s an overview of periods of Egyptian history. Some of the dates and dynasties overlap, especially during the Intermediate Periods, because different kings ruled different parts of Egypt at the same time – all holding the title of king.

Predynastic Period

The Badarian period: 4400–4000 BC

Maadian period: 4000–3300 BC

The Amratian period: 4000–3500 BC

The Gerzean period: 3500–3200 BC

The Negada III period: 3200–3050 BC

Early Dynastic Period

Dynasty 0: 3150–3050 BC

Dynasty 1: 3050–2890 BC

Dynasty 2: 2890 –2686 BC

Old Kingdom

Dynasty 3: 2686–2613 BC

Dynasty 4: 2613–2500 BC

Dynasty 5: 2498–2345 BC

Dynasty 6: 2345–2333 BC

First Intermediate Period

Dynasty 7 and 8: 2180–2160 BC

Dynasty 9 and 10: 2160–2040 BC

Middle Kingdom

Dynasty 11: 2134–1991 BC

Dynasty 12: 1991–1782 BC

Second Intermediate Period

Dynasty 13: 1782 –1650 BC

Dynasty 14: Dates unknown. This dynasty is characterised by a few chieftains ruling one town, calling themselves kings.

Dynasty 15: 1663–1555 BC

Dynasty 16: 1663–1555 BC

Dynasty 17: 1663–1570 BC

New Kingdom

Dynasty 18: 1570–1293 BC

Dynasty 19: 1293–1185 BC

Dynasty 20: 1185–1070 BC

Third Intermediate Period

High Priests (Thebes): 1080–945 BC

Dynasty 21 (Tanis): 1069–945 BC

Dynasty 22 (Tanis): 945–715 BC

Dynasty 23 (Leontopolis): 818–715 BC

Dynasty 24 (Sais): 727–715 BC

Dynasty 25 (Nubians): 747–656 BC

Dynasty 26 (Sais): 664–525 BC

Late Period

Dynasty 27 (Persian): 525–404 BC

Dynasty 28: 404–399 BC

Dynasty 29: 399–380 BC

Dynasty 30: 380–343 BC

Dynasty 31: 343–332 BC

Graeco-Roman Period

Macedonian Kings: 332–305 BC

Ptolemaic Period: 305–30 BC

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