Kheops was succeeded by Djedefre, his oldest surviving son. The mother of Djedefre is unknown.

Statue of Djedefre
 

He married his (half-) sister Hetepheres II, which may have been to legitimise his claims to the throne if his mother was one of Kheops’ lesser wives. He also had another wive, Khentet-en-ka with whom he had (at least) three sons, Setka, Baka and Hernet and one daughter, Neferhetepes.

The Turin King-list credits him with a rule of 8 years, but the highest known year referenced to during this reign was the year of the 11th cattle count. This would mean that Djedefre ruled for at least 11 years, if the cattle counts were anual, or 21 years if the cattle counts were biennal.

He was the first king to use the title "Son of Re" as part of his titulary which is seen as an indication of the growing popularity of the cult of the solar god Re.

He continued the move north by building his unfinished pyramid at Abu Rawash, some 8 km to the North of Giza. It is the northern most part of the Memphite necropolis.

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The head of a statue of Djedefre, now one of the many lovely exhibits in the Louvre Museum in Paris, was found near his funerary monument at Abu Rawash.

Entrance to the Pyramid

The entrance to Dedefre's pyramid at Abu Rawash, some 8 kilometers North of Giza.

  4th Dynasty   History    
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