List of rulers in the 17th century BC Chr.

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This is a synchronous representation of the reigns of pre-ancient rulers in the 17th century BC , visualized in the form of equally scaled timelines.

The dates follow medium chronology and are neither certain nor final nor complete. Please note general information!

Chajan Apachnas Beon Salitis 2. Zwischenzeit Merkaure Sobekhotep Hori Neferhotep II. Sewadjtu Sobekhotep VI. Aja I.
Muršili I. Ḫattušili I. Labarna
Old Assyrian Empire
Bazaia Iptar-Sin Šarma-Adad I. Libaia Belu-Bani Adasi
Old Babylon
Šamšu-ditana Ammi-saduqa Ammī-ditāna Abi-ēšuḫ
Kuduzulusch I.
Approximate areas of influence around 1700 ...
... and around 1600 BC Chr.


For a more detailed breakdown of the rulers during the Second Intermediate Period of Ancient Egypt, see List of Kings of the 14th Dynasty .

The Hittite ruler Muršili I was a contemporary of the Šamšu-ditana in Babylon whom he attacked .

The Assyrian ruler Adasi was a presumed contemporary of the semi-mythical Gandaš . Its Kassite dynasty later conquered and ruled Babylonia.

For the period 1700-1600 BC, there are further details about rulers that are not listed here for various reasons. These include mythical ancestral kings, but also rulers, who cannot be precisely fixed in time. See for example the lists of the kings of Ireland , Byblos , Argos , Sikyon , Korea , as well as the Xia dynasty and the Shang dynasty . The kings of Elam are only partially reproduced here, as there are insufficient dating possibilities.

Deputies and viceroys are only listed here if the territory they administer formed an independent state before or afterwards.


In the timeline, a gap of one year symbolizes that the transition between two rulers will be assumed around this time. If the transition period can be determined more precisely, this is indicated by a thinner line. Larger gaps between two names do not necessarily mean that there was no ruler; but indicate an uncertainty. If no colored bars are displayed, the relevant rulers cannot be dated more precisely according to the latest research. The representation does not claim to be complete.

Specifically, the dating according to Nissen (2012) is used here for the information on ancient oriental kings and the dating according to Beckerath (1994) for the information on Egyptian kings. There is no reliable information for other parts of the world at this time, not even for China (compare chronological project Xia-Shang-Zhou ), where the Shang dynasty is said to have come to power in northern China between the 18th and 16th centuries.

General note: Due to the problems with ancient oriental and Egyptian chronology, the information in this list has not been finalized. This is based on the Middle Chronology , which is commonly used as a convention among ancient orientalists. Specialist authors usually state which assumptions / chronologies their writings are based on: Depending on the opinion, the dating of great kings and pharaohs can be in the period before the 14th century BC. By several decades from the information used here.

Due to new archaeological findings, the state of research and current doctrine on dating can occasionally change abruptly. If more recent findings are incorporated, the simultaneity of rulers must be checked (this should be guaranteed according to archaeological evidence) and the chronology used and the source / place of discovery must be indicated.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Hans Jörg Nissen : History of the Ancient Near East . Oldenbourg Verlag, 2nd edition 2012, Munich. ISBN 3-486-59223-8 .
  2. Jürgen von Beckerath : Chronology of the Pharaonic Egypt. The timing of Egyptian history from prehistoric times to 332 BC BC (= Munich Egyptological Studies . Vol. 46). von Zabern, Mainz 1997.