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rꜥ-ms-sw mry-ỉ-mn nb-wbn
"Ramesses-Meryamun is the Lord of Sunshine"
Dynasty 19th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Ramesses II
Titles King's Son
Father Ramesses II
Burial Medinet el-Ghurob

Ramesses-Meryamun-Nebweben (ancient Egyptian: rꜥ-ms-sw mry-ỉ-mn nb-wbn, "Ramesses-Meryamun is the Lord of Sunshine") was an ancient Egyptian Prince of the Nineteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom. He was one of the numerous sons of Pharaoh Ramesses II.


Unlike several of his brothers, whose name also includes the name Ramesses, in his name "Ramesses-Meryamun" was enclosed in a cartouche, making it explicit that it is not used in its literal meaning ("Born of Re, Beloved of Amun") but refers to the pharaoh. Nebweben means "Lord of Sunshine", the meaning of the prince's name is thus "Pharaoh Ramesses II is the Lord of Sunshine". Such names, glorifying the pharaoh, are often found as names taken by high officials, but are relatively rare as given names within the royal family during the New Kingdom.[1]


Ramesses-Meryamun-Nebweben is not shown or mentioned anywhere among the children of Ramesses II. This lack of attestation may suggest that he was one of the youngest of Ramesses' sons,[2] or that his mother - whose identity remains unknown - was merely a concubine rather than a King's Wife.


Ramesses-Meryamun-Nebweben is only known from the inscriptions of his coffins. He spent his life in the harem palace at Merwer (the current site of Medinet el-Ghurob).[3]

Burial and Mummy[]

Ramesses-Meryamun-Nebweben died in his 30s, presumably during his father's reign, and was buried near the town of Merwer.[3] His body was found, and it is apparent that he had a deformed spine and was hunchbacked.[4] It is likely that because of his deformity it was difficult to find an adequate coffin for him. He was buried in an unused outer coffin originally made for his great-grandfather Ramesses I while still Vizier. Although the inner coffin of Ramesses I was also altered for Ramesses-Meryamun-Nebweben's burial (including the name), only the outer coffin was used, and the inner one was found by archeologists in a pit in Medinet Habu.[5]

See also[]


  1. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 285.
  2. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 173.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tyldesley 2000.
  4. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 174.
  5. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 175.


  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.