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Meryatum
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ỉtm-mry
"Beloved of Atum"
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Relief of Meryatum on the side of a statue of his mother Nefertari at the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels. ©Khaemwaset.

Dynasty Nineteenth Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Ramesses II
Titles King's Son
High Priest of Ra
Father Ramesses II
Mother Nefertari
Burial KV5
For other pages by this name, see Meryatum.

Meryatum or Meriatum (ancient Egyptian: ỉtm-mry, "Beloved of Atum") was an ancient Egyptian Prince in the Nineteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.

Family[]

Meryatum was a son of Pharaoh Ramesses II and the 16th son in the procession of princes. Inscriptions at Karnak and elsewhere identify Queen Nefertari as his mother.[1] Meryatum is likely to have been the last child born to Ramesses II and Nefertari.[2] His older brothers include; Amunherkhepeshef, Pareherwenemef and Meryre, while his older sisters are; Meritamen, Henuttawy, and probably Nefertari. He is depicted at the smaller Abu Simbel temple, dedicated to Queen Nefertari.

Biography[]

Meryatum

Meryatum at the small temple of Abu Simbel.

Meryatum visited the Sinai peninsula in the second decade of his father's reign, and later in that decade was appointed High Priest of Ra in Heliopolis, a position he held for the next twenty years. Meryatum was succeeded in office by Parehotep II.

Burial[]

Meryatum predeceased his father and was presumably buried in KV5, a large rock-cut tomb built for the sons of Ramesses II in the Valley of the Kings.

See also[]

References[]

  1. Kitchen 1996.
  2. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 167-168, 172.

Bibliography[]

  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Kitchen, K.A., 1996: Ramesside Inscriptions, Translated & Annotated, Translations. Vol. II, Blackwell Publishers.
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