Pharaoh’s parade: basic things to know about Kings Ramses II, Seti I&II, Merenptah



Thu, 01 Apr 2021 - 03:29 GMT


Thu, 01 Apr 2021 - 03:29 GMT

Mummy of King Ramses II - file photo

Mummy of King Ramses II - file photo

CAIRO – 1 April 2021: Egypt is preparing for the special event of moving 22 mummies of Pharaonic kings and queens in a parade that reflects the history of these ancient rulers. The march has captured the world’s attention.

Queens Meritamun, T, Hatshepsut, Ahmose Nefertari will be moved along the Nile from their decades-long residency at the Egyptian Museum in Al-Tahrir, Cairo, to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.

Kings Ramses II, Ramses III, Ramses IV, Ramses V, Ramses VI and Ramses IX will tour the capital.

Kings also include Thutmose I, Thutmose II, Thutmose III, Thutmose IV, Seqenenre Tao, Amenhotep I, Amenhotep II, Amenhotep III, Seti I, Seti II, Merenptah and Siptah.

Here, you can know some basic things about Kings Ramses II, Seti I and II and Merenptah

King Seti I

His mummy was found in 1881 in Deir El-Bahari, west of Luxor. It was estimated that the king died in his 40s.

He is the son of King Ramses I and the founder of the 19th dynasty. He ruled Egypt for 21 years at least and led many military campaigns to retake the Egyptian control outside the country.

Seti I led a military battle against the Hittites. These victories have been documented in the Amun temple in Karnak, Luxor.

His tomb in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings is one of the most beautiful royal toms. Paintings on its walls still keep their bright colors.

His wife was queen Tuya. They had three sons, including Ramses II, his successor.

Seti 1 m

King Ramses II

His mummified body was found along with his father also in 1881. Unlike to his father, who died at a young age, Ramses II likely died in his 90s.

Ramses II was one of the most prominent kings of the New Kingdom and one of the most powerful warriors in his age. He succeeded King Seti I and took post when he was only 23-25 years old.

He, therefore, has ruled for around 67 years and left a legacy of antiquities and artistic work.

Ramses II, with the King of the Hittites, reached the earliest known peace treaty in world history, after the best documented battle in all of ancient history, the Battle of Kadesh.

Thanks to Ramses II, many temples were constructed, including the temples of Abu Simbel and the Ramesseum. He had many wives, including the famous queen, Nefertari and built a temple for her besides the Abu Simbel temple.

Nefertari’s tomb in the Valley of Queens in Luxor is inarguably among the most beautiful tombs.

Ramses II

King Merenptah

He is the 13th son of King Ramses II. He belongs to the 19th Dynasty. Due to his father’s long term as king, Merenptah became king only in an old age and ruled only for 11 years.

He took part in many military campaigns.

His victory over the Libyans and their allies during his term was documented in the famous Merneptah Stele, also known as the Israel Stele or the Victory Stele of Merneptah.

His mummified body was found in 1898 inside the tomb of Amenhotep II in the Valley of Kings in Luxor.

According to the studies, he died when he was around 60 years old.

The Victory Stele of Merneptah

King Seti II

He is the son of Merneptah and the fifth ruler of the 19th Dynasty of the New Kingdom. He ruled only for around six years.

His mummy was found along with his father in the Valley of Kings in 1898 wrapped with distinctive fine linen. His face features were well preserved.

Seti II

Be prepared to follow up with us the parade of the pharaohs on Saturday, step by step.



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