Den was the fourth king during the 1st Dynasty.
Because the king came to power in Egypt as an infant,
Queen Merenith was appointed as his political advisor,
which essentially meant that she ruled Egypt until he was
capable of doing so himself. Den ruled Egypt for almost
fifty years after Wadj. He
was an energetic and athletic person, and was artistic as
well. He figures in the Ebers papyrus as well as the
Berlin medical Papyrus. Den was militarily actibe in the
Sinai, which was justified by his interest in protecting
the mineral resources of the peninsula. His mortuary
complex was built in the ancient city of Abydos, but his
body was buried at Saqqara.