Manetho of Sebennytus
(300 words)

3rd cent. BC;

Egyptian author writing in Greek.


His History of Egypt is only extant in fragments. The division into three books, with a total of 30 dynasties (with the later addition of the Persian Dynasty as the 31st dynasty), still corresponds with current division of Egyptian history into three periods, namely: (1) the Old Kingdom (from the divine dynasties t…

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Landfester, Manfred, “Manetho of Sebennytus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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