Menes

Menes (mēˈnēz) [key], fl. 3200 B.C., king of ancient Egypt, of the first dynasty, the first Egyptian ruler for whom there are historical records. According to tradition, he seems to have united the southern and northern kingdoms and to have settled on a new capital, later known as Memphis. One theory identifies Menes with King Narmer, whose famous slate palette is in the Cairo museum.

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