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[mee-neez] /ˈmi niz/
flourished c3200 b.c, traditionally the unifier and 1st king of Egypt: founder of the 1st dynasty.
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  • There are eleven kings up to Amosis; before him is the figure of Mentuophis; then Menes.

  • Menes (the first King of the first dynasty on Manetho's list) is at their head.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • They went back to the pylon, and Menes put some fuel under a brass kettle.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • Menes was the king who succeeded in accomplishing the unification of Egypt.

  • At last the Ethiopian raids changed into permanent conquest, and a negro dynasty—the Twenty-fifth—sat on the throne of Menes.

  • Dynasty; and, in the other direction, all schemes commence with Menes.

    Tradition John Francis Arundell
  • The first class, containing songs or hymns in praise of the gods, were very old, dating perhaps from the time of Menes.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • The friends of Menes seek in vain to persuade him to dispute the throne.

  • But he says in another place that Menes lived about four thousand seven hundred years before his time.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • Pentuer wished to remove the chain, but Menes stopped him with a smile.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
British Dictionary definitions for Menes


the first king of the first dynasty of Egypt (?3100 bc). He is said to have united Upper and Lower Egypt and founded Memphis
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