Hotepsekhemwy (Boethos) Bedjau, Pharoah of Egypt (b. - -2888) MP

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About Hotepsekhemwy (Boethos) Bedjau, Pharoah of Egypt

Hotepsekhemwy (in Greek known as Boethos), was the first king of the Second dynasty of Egypt. His name means "Pleasing in Powers."[1] Little is known about his reign.

Pharaoh Hotepsekhemwy reached office through marriage with a princess. Thus it is not known whether he was or wasn't related to the old Thinite line of rulers. He was a son-in-law of Qa'a. Regardless, he made offerings in memory of the man and was possibly responsible for Qa'a's funeral. Sealings with the name of "Hotepsekhemwy" have been found outside the tomb of Qa'a at Abydos.

His tomb has been identified in Saqqara; the substructure has survived but there are no remains of a superstructure.

In Manetho's account, a chasm opened at Bubastis, causing many to perish during the 38 year reign of Boethos. However, Manetho wrote in the third century BC, over two millennia after the king's actual reign. Thus, Manetho's information is partially questionable.

Hotepsekhemwy's son was Perneb[2], but Hotepsekhemwy's successor was Raneb, who was his brother or other son.