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Turin Papyrus

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The Turin Papyrus, also known as the Turin King List or the Turin Royal Canon, is an ancient Egyptian document that serves as one of the most important sources of information about the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Here are the key aspects of the Turin Papyrus:

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In summary, the Turin Papyrus is a significant document that provides valuable insights into the pharaohs and dynasties of ancient Egypt. While its incomplete and fragmentary nature presents challenges for interpretation, it remains an indispensable source for studying the history and civilization of ancient Egypt.

Very Old Kings

The Turin papyrus –referred to by many as the Turin Royal Canon—is an ancient text written in the hieratic language (a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests). Scholars believe that the original papyrus was a list that included over 300 names detailing precisely the years, months and days of each reign of the kings that ruled over the lands of ancient Egypt.

Interestingly, the part that resembles the Sumerian King List with great accuracy are the final two lines of the column, which seem to represent a resume of the entire document are extremely interesting and remind us of the Sumerian King list. They read: ‘… Venerables Shemsu-Hor, 13,420 years; Reigns before the Shemsu-Hor, 23,200 years; Total 36,620 years’.

The Papyrus of Turin clearly indicates the existence of NINE dynasties that correspond to the predynastic Pharaohs and among them are the Venerables of Memphis’, ‘the Venerables of the North’ and lastly, the Shemsu Hor (the Companions or Followers of Horus) who ruled until the time of Menes, the first mortal Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.


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