King Khafre

Face of the Sphinx

Life, Legacy, and Lovers

Khafre succeeded his older brother, Djedefre, who ruled for a short time after his father Khufu. Khafre was the fourth ruler in the fourth dynasty and was in power for 26 years. While he had many wives, his "main" wife Khamererbty was in fact his sister. He had eight children in total, two with Khamererbty. He was known to be like his father, a very harsh and despotic ruler.

Contributions

During his reign he began and finished construction on the second pyramid of Giza. He also finished construction on the Sphinx, which his father had built in his honor. Since most of his reign was spent building these monuments.

Downfall

Not much is known about King Khafre's death, however it is assumed that he died peacefully. After his passing his son took the throne with his daughter Khamererbty the second as his queen.

Other Facts

Khafre was also part of a Sun God Cult started by his father, praising the God, "Re". This is why his most famous title Khafre is used because it ends with the Sun God's name. There is also a conspiracy stating that Khafre killed his older brother to take the throne however research has shown that no such thing has occured.

MLA Sources

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"Khafre (king of Egypt)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.