Names of the pyramids of Ancient Egypt

Old Kingdom

Bent Pyramid - Sneferu is Shining, Sneferu is rising, Sneferu appears Bent Pyramid of Sneferu at Dashur - Sneferu is Shining,Sneferu is rising, Sneferu appears
Bent Pyramid - Sneferu is Shining in the South, Sneferu rises in the south, Sneferu appears in the south Bent Pyramid of Sneferu at Dashur - Sneferu is Shining in the South, Sneferu rises in the south, Sneferu appears in the south
Red Pyramid - Sneferu rises, Sneferu appears or Sneferu Shines Red Pyramid of Sneferu at Dashur - Often given as "Sneferu Shines" but more accurately translated as "Sneferu rises" or "Sneferu appears"
Red Pyramid - the Shining one, the one who appears, the one who rises Red Pyramid of Sneferu at Dashur - variant often translated as "the shining one" but more accurately "the one who appears" or "the one who rises"
Menkaure netjer, Menkaure is divine Pyramid of Menkaure at Giza - "Menkaure is divine"
Djedefre sehedu - Djedefre's starry sky Pyramid of Djedefre at Abu Rawash - "Djedefre's starry sky"
Sahure Khaba - Sahure's soul rises or the soul of Sahure appears Pyramid of Sahure at Abusir - "Sahure's soul rises" or "the soul of Sahure appears"
Niuserre's pyramid: the places of Niuserre endure Pyramid of Niuserre at Abusir - "the places of Niuserre endure"

Middle Kingdom

Amemenhet is mighty Pyramid of Amenemhat II at Dashur - "Amenemhet is mighty" (apparently also known as "Amenemhet is provided for")


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