Sethirkhopshef Ramses VIII Pharaoh Of Egypt: Death: 1123 B.C.
Amonhirkhopshef Ramses VI Pharaoh Of Egypt: Death: 1133 B.C.
Ramses IV Pharaoh Of Egypt: Death: 1146 B.C.
Note: KNOWN AS "THE GREAT"; PER-'O 1185-1154 AKA Usir.Maat.Re'Mery.Amun Ra.Messe RESEARCH NOTES: 1185-1153 BC: Pharaoh of Egypt, throne name "Usermaetre-Meryamun" [Ref: Dodson Egypt p291] 1186-1154 BC: Pharaoh of Egypt [Ref: Settipani LGA p173] sarcophagus of Ramses III resembled in all points those of Meremptah and of Sethi II, and distinguishes itself from those of his immediate predecessors, Siptah and Sethnakht, as well as those of his successors. [Ref: Settipani LGA p174] ----------------------- Ramesses III From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ramesses III (also written Ramses and Rameses) was the second Pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty and is considered to be the last great New Kingdom king to wield any substantial authority over Egypt. He reigned from 1183 to 1152 BC (alternate dates are 1187/1186 to 1156/1155 BC). The Ancient Greeks knew him as Rhampsinitus. Contents [hide] * 1 Tenure and chaos * 2 Conspiracy against the king * 3 Legacy * 4 References * 5 External links  Tenure and chaos During his long tenure in the midst of the surrounding political chaos of the Greek Dark Ages, Egypt was beset by foreign invaders (including the so-called Sea Peoples and the Libyans) and experienced the beginnings of increasing economic difficulties and internal strife which would eventually lead to the collapse of the Twentieth Dynasty. In Year 8 of his reign, the Sea Peoples, including Peleset, Denyen and Tjekker, invaded Egypt by land and sea. Although Ramesses III defeated them in two great land and sea battles, he seems to have incorporated them as subject peoples later settling them in Southern Canaan, where after the collapse of the Egyptian Empire they may have contributed to the formation of new states in the region. The heavy cost of these battles slowly exhausted Egypt's treasury and contributed to the gradual decline of the Egyptian Empire in Asia. The severity of these difficulties is stressed by the fact that the first labor strike in recorded history occurred during Year 29 of Ramesses' reign, when the food rations for the favoured royal tomb-builders in the village of Set Maat her imenty Waset (now known as Deir el Medina), could not be provisioned. The reason for this deficiency was due to the 1159 BC eruption of the Hekla III volcano in Iceland, which expelled up to 12 cubic kilometres of rock into the atmosphere and caused large-scale failures of the crop harvest. The presence of significant quantities of volcanic soot in the air prevented sunlight from reaching the ground and also arrested global tree growth for almost two full decades until 1140 BC. he result in Egypt was a 500% inflation in grain prices; however, the prices of fowl remained stable during this difficult period. These realities are completely ignored by the images of continuity and stability presented in Ramesses' official monuments � most of which seek to emulate his more famous predecessor, Ramesses II. Hebuilt important additions to the temples at Luxor and Karnak, and his funerary temple and administrative complex at Medinet-Habu is amongst the largest and best preserved in Egypt � however the uncertainty of Ramesses' times is apparent from the massive fortifications which were built to enclose the latter. No Egyptian temple in the heart of Egypt prior to Ramesses' reign had ever needed to be protected in such a manner. Ramesses' two main names, shown left, transliterate as wsr-m3�Utt-r�Ut� mry-?mn r�Ut-ms-s� ??3-?wnw. They are normally realised as Wesermaatre-meryamun Ramesse-hekaiunu, meaning "Powerful one of Ma�at and Ra,Beloved of Amun, Ra bore him, Ruler of Heliopolis".  Conspiracy against the king Thanks to the discovery of papyrus trial transcripts (dated to Rameses III), it is now known that there was a plot against his life as a result of a royal harem conspiracy during the celebration of Medinet Habu. The conspiracy was instigated by Tey, one of his two principal wives (Isis and Tey), over whose son would inherit the thone. Isis's son, Ramesses IV, was the eldest and the chosen successor by Ramesses III rather than Tey's son Pentawere. It is not known if the plot succeeded because the body of Ramesses III shows no obvious wounds. However a hypothesis has been put forth that a snakebite was the cause of death. Ramesses III may also have initiated the trials himself to capture the perpetrators of the conspiracy late in his life. His mummy includes a protective amulet to protect Ramesses III in the afterlife from poison. The servant in charge of his food and drink was among the listed conspirators. The documents also emphasize the extensive scale of the conspiracy to assassinate the king since 40 individuals were tried in all. Chief among them was Queen Tey and her son Pentawere, seven royal butlers (a respectable state office), two Treasury overseers (commonly the position of powerful Viziers, two Army standard bearers, two royal scribes and a herald. There is little doubt that all of the conspirators were sentenced to death: some of the condemned were given the option of committing suicide by poison rather than execution. In the case of Tey and her son Pentawere, their means of death is not known but their royal tombs were robbed and their names erased to prevent them from reaching the afterlife. The Egyptians did such a thorough job of this that the only references to them are these ancient documents and the remains of their tombs. It has been recently suggested that Pentawere, being a noble, had been spared the humiliating fate of the other conspirators. The others would have been burned alive with their ashes strewn in the streets. Such a punishment would serve to make a strong example since it conveyed such a religious gravity for ancient Egyptians who believed that one could only attain the afterlife if one's body was mummified and preserved. In other words, not only were the criminals killed in the physical world, but also in the afterlife. They would have no chance of living on in the next world, a kind of 'seconddeath'. Pentawere, however, may have been given the option to commit suicide and so avoid the harsher punishment of second death. This would have allowed him to be mummified and, according to common belief, move on to the afterlife.  Legacy The Great Harris Papyrus or Papyrus Harris I, which was commissioned by his son and chosen successor Ramesses IV, chronicles this king's vast donations of land, gold statues and monumental construction to Egypt's various temples at Piramesse, Heliopolis, Memphis, Athribis, Hermopolis, This, Abydos, Coptos, El Kab and other cities in Nubia and Syria. It also records that the king dispatched a trading expedition to the Land of Punt and quarried the copper mines of Timna. More notably, Ramesses reconstructed the Temple of Khonsu at Karnak upon the foundations of an earlier temple of Amenhotep III and completed the Temple of Medinet Habu around his Year 12. He decorated the walls of his Medinet Habu temple with scenes of his Naval and Land battles against the Sea Peoples. Ramesses III died after a reign of 31 Years, 1 Month and 19 days. His accession date was III Shemu day 26 while he died in Year 32 III Shemu day 15. The mummy of Ramesses III was discovered by antiquarians in 1886 and is regarded as the protypical Egyptian Mummy in numerous Hollywood movies. His tomb (KV11) is one of the largest in the Valley of the Kings.  References * Nicolas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, (Blackwell Books:1992), pp.272-276 * Mummy Detective, Murder of the Pharaoh (Discovery Times Channel, TV program:2006)  External links * Ramesses III: Egypt's last great Pharaoh Preceded by: Setnakhte Pharaoh of Egypt Twentieth Dynasty Succeeded by: Ramesses IV
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