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Ever thought who was the unifier of Ancient Egypt in history? He was to be remembered as King Narmer.

Narmer was an ancient Egyptian king from the Early Dynastic period, some people considered him the founder of the first dynasty and the King who was the first Unifier Ancient Egypt.

The Narmer platte shows that Narmer was the unifier of Egypt, these two necropolis seals from Aydos show him as the first king of the First dynasty.

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The Narmer Palette was discovered by James E. Quibell in 1898 in Hierkonpolis which shows the insignia of the (White Crown) upper and (Red Crown) lower Egypt this supports the theory and evidence that he was the one who unified the two kingdoms. The other side of the Platte shows Narmer wearing a false beard, the beard was a representation of royalty, the false beard is used as symbolism for kingship throughout ancient Egyptian history.

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There is also a part showing the White crowned Narmer punishing a held prisoner by hitting his head with a Machead weapon. This indicates that there is symbolism, as to the king being the only one allowed to punish and where the prisoner is from (the enemy king).

Verso Side: At the bottom of the palette there is something I find interesting because it has the fallen foe there. The lowered head is a representation showing the king (Narmar) being triumphant in vanquishing his foes “Bull of his Mother”.

This scene is shown on the palette because of the importance it shows, the decisive victory in the struggle of unifying Egypt and commemorating the achievement of being the victor.

The date was giving from the start of his reign was round about 3100 B.C.

During Narmers reign there was evidence in ancient Egypt of economic activity in Southern Canaan. There has been several shards of pottery found at various different sites from pots and even imports from Canaan into Egyptian styles of materials. Surely this raises questions of how important King Narmer was in the ancient world, and, of course in Egypt.

The later evidence presented which showed that Egypt had a presence in Canaan as either a form of colonial subservience to Egypt or a result of a trading partner. Further research has recently indicated that Narmer’s wife may have been Neithotep. Which in translation Nieth means “satisfied”. Through the work of Egyptologist there has been speculation that she was the Princess of Lower Egypt.

 

 

 

 

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