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Raya
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Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Horemheb
Titles Overseer of the Chariotry
Spouse(s) Ruya
Issue Tuya
Burial Theban Necropolis

Raya was an ancient Egyptian military official of the Eighteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.

Raya is known from a fragmentary inscribed stone from Medinet Habu, which dates to the reign of Ramesses II,[1] and attests the name of his wife, Ruya, and their daughter, Tuya. The inscription also provides Raya's title; "Lieutenant of the Chariotry".[2]

The marriage of Raya's daughter Tuya to Seti I may have had a political purpose in tying Raya's lineage with the most prominent military family under Horemheb's reign.[1] Ultimately, this marriage led to Tuya's queenship and Raya became an ancestor of the Nineteenth Dynasty line of kings as the maternal grandfather of Ramesses II.

Burial[]

Raya and his wife Ruya were buried in Thebes.[3]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nielsen 2018.
  2. Tyldesley 2000, p. 116.
  3. "Who's Who of Egyptian people, queens and family: Ruia". touregypt.net. Retrieved on 05-17-2022.

Bibliography[]

  • Nielsen, N., 2018: Pharaoh Seti I: Father of Egyptian Greatness.
  • Tyldesley, J., 2000: Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaohs. Penguin Books.
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