People - Ancient Egypt: Ramesses VIII (Usermaatreakhenamun)
NEW KINGDOM 20th Dynasty (1129-1126) Extreme prosperity and renaissance in art and building projects mark the beginning of this period. Towards the end of the 19th Dynasty the increasing power of the priesthood corrupts the central government. During the 20th
Dynasty tomb robbing is done by officials. The priesthood becomes hereditary and begins to assume secular power. The government breaks down.
Ramesses VIII (Usermaatreakhenamun) in Tour Egypt
Ramesses VIII was the seventh king of the Twentieth Dynasty and was probably Ramesses III's son. His mummy has
never been found and all that remains of his reign is an inscription at Medinet Habu and some plaques. His tomb
was found but was very modest.
Ramesses VIII in Wikipedia
Usermare Akhenamun Ramesses VIII (also written Ramses and Rameses) or Ramesses Sethherkhepshef Meryamun ('Set is his
Strength, beloved of Amun') (at 1130-1129 BC, or simply 1130 BC as Krauss and Warburton date his reign), was the
seventh Pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt and was one of the last surviving sons of
Ramesses VIII is the most obscure ruler of this Dynasty and the current information from his brief kingship suggests that he
lasted on the throne for one year at the most. Some scholars assign him a maximum reign of two years. The fact that he
succeeded to power after the death of Ramesses VII—a son of Ramesses VI—may indicate a continuing problem in the royal
succession. Ramesses VIII's prenomen or royal name, Usermaatre Akhenamun, means "Powerful is the Justice of Re, Helpful to
Amun." Monuments from his reign are scarce and consist primarily of an inscription at Medinet Habu, a mention of this
ruler in one document—Berlin stela 2081 of Hori at Abydos—and one scarab. His only known date is a Year 1, I Peret day 2
graffito in the tomb of Kyenebu at Thebes.
He is the sole pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty whose tomb has not been definitely identified in the Valley of the Kings,
though some scholars have suggested that the tomb of Prince Mentuherkhepshef, KV19, the son of Ramesses IX, was originally
started for Ramesses VIII but proved unsuitable when he became a king in his own right. Currently an all-Egyptian team of
researchers headed by Afifi Rohiem under the supervision of Dr.Zahi Hawass are looking for the pharaoh's tomb.
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