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  • ID: I99126
  • Name: Nefertari II (Meryenmut) (wife of Ramesses II)
  • Surname: Nefertari II
  • Given Name: (Meryenmut) (wife of Ramesses II)
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: ABT 1290 BC in Egypt
  • Death: DECEASED
  • _UID: 390699BB44042B44A4A65474396272097212 1 2
  • Change Date: 23 Mar 2014 at 01:00:00

    Marriage 1 Ramesses II (Ramses) (Usermaatre Setepenre) of Seti I of Ramesses I b: ABT 1290 BC in Egypt
      1. Has Children Amenhirkhops (Amun-her-khepseshef) of Ramesses II of Seti I b: ABT 1260 BC in Egypt
      2. Has Children Pareherwenemef of Ramesses II of Seti I b: ABT 1260 BC in Egypt
      3. Has Children Meritamun III of Ramesses II of Seti I b: ABT 1260 BC in Egypt
      4. Has Children Mery-Re I of Ramesses II of Seti I b: in Egypt
      5. Has Children Neben-kharru of Ramesses II of Seti I b: in Egypt
      6. Has Children Meryetamu (Merytatum) of Ramesses II of Seti I b: ABT 1250 BC in Egypt
      7. Has No Children AKA Pharaoh (Ramesses II) Ramesses the Great foster b: ABT 1290 BC in Egypt
      8. Has No Children AKA Pharaoh (Ramesses II) Ramses II of Seti I foster b: ABT 1290 BC in Egypt
      9. Has No Children AKA Pharaoh (Ramesses II) Usermaatre Setepenre of Seti I foster b: ABT 1290 BC in Egypt

      1. Title: Web sites
        Note: The Queens of Ramesses II
        If we mention the famous women of Egypt, including Hatshepsut and Cleopatra along with them w e would have to name Nefertari, if for no other reason then her well known tomb. We know a gr eat deal about Queens Hatchepsut and Cleopatra, but of course they were pharaohs.

        It is very possible that Nefertari grew up as the daughter of a nobleman in Thebes. One of Ne fertari's names was Mery-en-Mut, which means, "Beloved of Mut". As the wife of Amun, Mut wa s part of the Theban triad. It is interesting to note that post references to Nefertari com e from Upper (southern) Egypt, while most of the other principle queen, Istnofret, are foun d in Lower, or northern Egypt. Furthermore, Ramesses II probably had a better power structur e in northern Egypt, and it is thought that he may have married a Theban to enhance his posit ion in the South. The two queens, Nefertari and Istnofret, could have possibly even had a div ision of duties geographically. However, it is has also been suggested that Nefertari could h ave been a daughter of Seti I, making her a half sister of Ramesses II.

        Nefertari was most likely Ramesses II's first wife when the prince was only fifteen. She prov ided him with his first male heir, Amun-her-khepseshef (Amun Is with His Strong Arm), even p rior to his ascending the throne of Egypt. In addition, Ramesses II also fathered at least th ree more sons and two daughters by Nefertari. In fact, her oldest daughter, Meryetamun probab ly later also married Ramesses II, possibly after the death of her mother, apparently when Ne fertari was in her early forties.

        Left: Nefertari with Isis in her tomb in the Valley of the Queens

        She was probably Ramesses II's chief queen, at least up until her death in about year 24 of R amesses II's reign. From her tomb, we know a number of her other names and titles. They incl uded "Hereditary Noblewoman; Great of Favors; Possessor of Charm, Sweetness and Love; Mistres s of Upper and Lower Egypt; the Osiris; The King's Great Wife; Mistress of the Two Lands, Nef ertari, Beloved of Mut, Revered Before Osiris".

        Surely Ramesses II loved Nefertari. Few queens were built anything near as grand a shrine a s her temple dedicated to Hathor at Abu Simbel, near the somewhat larger temple of her husban d. Her tomb in the Valley of the Queens on the West Bank at Luxor (ancient Thebes) is today , one of the most fabulously decorated tombs at Luxor or anywhere else in Egypt. If one had o nly time enough to visit one tomb on the West Bank, it should be this one. Ramesses II, who s aid of Nefertari, "the one for whom the sun shines", even wrote of his weakness for the queen :

        "My love is unique - no one can rival her, for she is the most beautiful woman alive. Just b y passing, she has stolen away my heart."

        Other then her tomb and temple at Abu Sembel, Nefertari is also famous for her beauty. We ha ve no mummy to help substantiate these claims, but there is plenty of documentary evidence in cluding images, although at this point in Egypt's history, portraitures were not known for be ing completely accurate. Even in ancient Egypt Nefertari was famous, becoming deified even be fore her death. It is said that as Great Royal Wife, her high status and and great authorit y within the royal court, along with her apparent beauty, charm, "sweetness", intelligence an d guile, she may have been one of Egypt's greatest queens.

        A description at Luxor Temple, says of her:
        greatly favored, possessing charm, sweet of love.... Rich in love, wearing the circlet-diad em, singer fair of face, beautiful with the tall twin plumes, Chief of the Harim of Horus, Lo rd of the Palace; one is pleased with what(ever) comes forth concerning her; who has (only to ) say anything, and it is done for her - every good thing, at her wish (?); her every word, h ow pleasing on the ear - one lives at just hearing her voice..."
      2. Title: Web sites
        Note: Queens of Dynasty 19
        Nefertari Meryenmut, chief wife of Rameses II and possible grandaughter of Ay.
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