2575 - 2551
Senefru reigned during the 4th Dynasty. He was
an active military leader. Senefru fought against the Nubians and the Libyans. These
battles were recorded on the Palermo Stone.
Senefru traded along the Mediterranean. He
constructed his mortuary complex at Dashur, including the Maidum Pyramid, the Bent
Pyramid, and the Red Pyramid. To obtain the lumber he needed, Senefru sent forty ships to
Lebanon. He built a monument to honor the event.
The bent pyramid is thought to be an
architectural link between the Step Pyramid and the true pyramids. During the 12th Dynasty
many pharaohs built their mortuaries next to Senefru's pyramid.