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Ruler/Tomb owner
1204-1180 B.C.

Pharaoh and successor to Merenptah, Amenmeses may have usurped the throne from Sety II. This is suggested by several inscriptions at Thebes in which Sety II’s name was overwritten by Amenmeses’s. We know little of the origins of this king, but the suggestion that he was the child of Takhat, a daughter and/or wife of Rameses II, is now doubted because the occurrence of her name in Amenmeses’s tomb, KV 10, probably dates to later in Dynasty 20. Most of Amenmeses’s monuments are at Thebes. They are few in number and, except for six quartzite statues at Karnak (later usurped by Sety II), they are unfinished or in poor condition.