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"Re is with his Right Arm"

Prince Pareherwenemef depicted in the procession of princes at Abu Simbel.

Dynasty 19th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Seti IRamesses II
Titles King's Son
Royal Scribe
Fanbearer on the King's Right Hand
First Brave of the Army
First Charioteer of His Majesty
Overseer of the Horses
Father Ramesses II
Mother Nefertari
Spouse(s) Wadjytkhati (?)
Burial KV5
For other pages by this name, see Pareherwenemef.

Pareherwenemef (ancient Egyptian: pꜣ-rꜥ-ḥr-wnm.f, "Re is with his Right Arm") was an ancient Egyptian Prince of the Nineteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.


Pareherwenemef was the second son of Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari, and the third son in line of procession after his older full-brother Amunherkhepeshef and the eldest son of the Great Royal Wife Isetnofret I, Ramesses.[1] Younger brothers include Meryre and Meryatum. The princesses Meritamen, Henuttawy and Nebettawy were his sisters.[2]

A statue base from Karnak mentions Pareherwenemef and a woman named Wadjytkhati but their exact relationship is not known.[3] Presumably she was his wife or alternatively a daughter.


Being the son of Nefertari, Pareherwenemef must have been privileged compared to his (sometimes older) half-brothers. This potentially elevated his position in lists of procession. Pareherwenemef appears on depictions of the triumph after the Battle of Kadesh in Year 5.[4] In the inscriptions of the battle at the Ramesseum an incident is mentioned where two Hittite spies are captured. The interrogation reveals that the enemy is much closer than previously thought. The royal family quickly fled to the west, away from danger, led by Prince Pareherwenemef. The prince was called "First Brave of the Army". He later became "Overseer of the Horses" and "First Charioteer of His Majesty", which are both position he shared with his half-brother Mentuherkhepeshef.[1]

Pareherwenemef is depicted on the facade of the small temple at Abu-Simbel.[4] He also appears on the palace facade in the Ramesseum.

He never became Crown Prince; it is therefore likely that he predeceased his elder half-brother Ramesses, because after the latter's death the next crown prince was the fourth processional son, Khaemwaset.[5]


Pareherwenemef was presumably buried in the KV5 rock-cut tomb in the Valley of the Kings, a large tomb built for the sons of Ramesses II.

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kitchen 1983.
  2. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 160-161, 163, 167, 173.
  3. Kitchen 1996; 1999.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 40, 56, 102.
  5. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 173.


  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.
  • Kitchen, K.A., 1983: Pharaoh Triumphant: The Life and Times of Ramesses II, King of Egypt. Aris & Phillips.
  • Kitchen, K.A., 1996: Ramesside Inscriptions Translated and Annotated: Translations. Vol. 2: Ramesses II; Royal Inscriptions. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. Translations and (in the 1999 volume below) notes on all contemporary royal inscriptions naming the king.
  • Kitchen, K.A., 1999: Ramesside Inscriptions Translated and Annotated: Notes and Comments. Vol. 2: Ramesses II; Royal Inscriptions. Blackwell Publishers, Oxford.