King Menkaure was the fifth king who ruled through the 4th dynasty of the old kingdom in ancient Egypt. He reached the throne after the death of his father, King Khafre in 2530 B.C. he was known with differently named such as Mykerinos and Menkheres. Here are all information to know about King Menkaure:
He got married to Rekhetre and Khamerernebty II and he was famous for the last pyramid in Giza and his beautiful statue triads. He was just and pious and was also known with his kindness and religiosity unlike his grandfather Khufu and his father Khafre. His pyramid and his mortuary temple weren’t finished as he died before finishing them but his successor, Shepsescaf completed the construction work. His son Shepsescaf succeeded him in 2500 B.C
King Menkaure Family
King Menkaure was the son of king Khafre and queen Khamerernebty I. his grandfather was King Khufu. He had many brothers and some of them acted as viziers at the royal court. Their names are Nebemakhet, Nikaure, Iunmin, and Nikaure. He had two wives, one of them was actually his sister, Khamerernebty II and the other one was his half-sister Rekhetre. He had not many sons including Khuenre, a daughter, Khentkawes, who died at a very young age, Shepsescaf, and Sekhemre.
King Menkaure Pyramid
The Pyramid of King Menkaure at Giza was known in the ancient Egyptian language as “Netjer-er-Menkaure“, which means “Menkaure is Divine“. It is the smallest one among Giza Pyramids as it measures 103.4 meters at the base and 65.5 meters in height. There are three other attached pyramids to the Pyramid of King Menkaure. They are labeled G-IIIa, G-IIIb, and G-IIIc. Two of these pyramids were left incomplete and there is no reason for this. The one that is completed contains a statue of a queen and his wife Khamerernebty II is buried in one of these three pyramids.
The Temple of King Menkaure
This temple is totally made of bricks and contains some statues of king Menkaure with his wives along with statues of deities. The mortuary temple of King Menkaure contains three statues of the Pharaoh and Queen Khamerernebty II with an Egyptian Goddess. These statues are made of pink granite. There is a large stone sarcophagus in the burial chamber of the main pyramid. This large stone is totally made of basalt and contains some hieroglyphics writing. It is about 8 feet long, 3 feet in width, and 2 feet in height. It was removed to the British Museum in London over a ship but the merchant ship was lost after leaving the port in 1838.
King Menkaure Facts
- His name in Greek was Mycerinus, which means “Eternal like the souls of Re”.
- King Menkaure ruled during the Old Kingdom after succeeding King Khafre.
- King Menkaure continued the tradition of building the Pyramids of Khufu & Khafre and built his splendid pyramid, The Pyramid of King Menkeure.
- He ruled from the Royal Court in Memphis.
- His viziers, who were actually his sons, played a very important rule in the building projects of the pharaohs.
- The sun god’s cults threatened the supremacy of the king.
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