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Definition

The Old Kingdom of Egypt (c. 2613-2181 BCE) is also known as the 'Age of the Pyramids' or 'Age of the Pyramid Builders' as it includes the great 4th Dynasty when King Sneferu perfected the art of pyramid building and the pyramids of Giza were constructed under the kings Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure.

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Timeline

  • 2613 BCE - 2589 BCE
    Reign of Sneferu, first king of 4th Dynasty of Egypt.
  • c. 2613 BCE - c. 2181 BCE
    The Period of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.
  • 2589 BCE - 2566 BCE
    Reign of King Khufu (Cheops), builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza, in Egypt.
  • 2566 BCE - 2558 BCE
    Reign of King Djedefre in Egypt.
  • 2558 BCE - 2532 BCE
    Reign of King Khafre, builder of the second pyramid at Giza, in Egypt.
  • 2532 BCE - 2503 BCE
    Reign of King Menkaure, builder of the third pyramid at Giza, in Egypt.
  • 2503 BCE - 2498 BCE
    Reign of the King Shepsekaf in Egypt.
  • 2498 BCE - 2491 BCE
    Reign of the King Userkaf in Egypt.
  • 2490 BCE - 2477 BCE
    Reign of King Sahure in Egypt.
  • 2477 BCE - 2467 BCE
    Reign of the King Neferiskare Kakai in Egypt.
  • 2460 BCE - 2458 BCE
    Reign of the King Neferefre in Egypt.
  • c. 2458 BCE - c. 2457 BCE
    Reign of King Shepseskare in Egypt.
  • c. 2445 BCE - 2422 BCE
    Reign of the King Nyussere Ini of Egypt.
  • 2422 BCE - 2414 BCE
    Reign of King Menkauhor in Egypt.
  • 2414 BCE - 2375 BCE
    Reign of King Djedkare Isesi in Egypt.
  • 2375 BCE - 2345 BCE
    Reign of King Unas in Egypt.
  • 2345 BCE - 2333 BCE
    Reign of King Teti in Egypt.
  • 2333 BCE - 2332 BCE
    Reign of King Userkare in Egypt.
  • 2332 BCE - 2283 BCE
    Reign of King Pepi I in Egypt.
  • 2283 BCE - 2278 BCE
    Reign of King Merenre Nemtyensaf I in Egypt.
  • 2278 BCE - 2184 BCE
    Reign of King Pepi II in Egypt.
  • c. 2184 BCE
    Reign of King Merenre Nemtyemsaf II in Egypt.
  • 2184 BCE - 2181 BCE
    Reign of King Netjerkare, last ruler of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.
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