Ramesses VI was the fifth pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty of Egypt. He reigned for about eight years in the mid-to-late 12th century BC. He usurped KV9, a tomb in the Valley of the Kings planned by and for Ramesses V, and had it enlarged and redecorated for himself.
About Ramesses VI in brief
Ramesses VI was the fifth pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty of Egypt. He reigned for about eight years in the mid-to-late 12th century BC. As a prince, he was known as Ramesses Amunherkhepeshef and held the titles of royal scribe and cavalry general. He was succeeded by his son, Ramesses VII Itamun, whom he had fathered with queen Nubkhesbed. Ramesses VI usurped KV9, a tomb in the Valley of the Kings planned by and for Ramesses V, and had it enlarged and redecorated for himself. His mummy lay untouched in his tomb for fewer than 20 years before pillagers damaged it. His body was moved to KV35 during the reign of Pinedjem I, and was discovered in 1898 by victor Loret. He died in his forties, in his eighth or ninth year of rule. His daughter Iset was named God’s Wife of Amun, and Ramessesnakht turned Thebes into Egypt’s religious capital and a second center of power on par with Pi-Ramesses in Lower Egypt, where the pharaoh resided. The loss of the Asiatic territories strained Egypt’s weakening economy and increased prices. Egypt lost control of its last strongholds in Canaan around the time of RamessesVI’s reign. He boasted of having all the land with great monuments in my name built in honour of my fathers the gods. The pharaoh’s power waned in Upper Egypt during Ramesses II’s rule.
He usurped the monuments of his forefathers by engraving his cartouches over theirs. The Egyptologist Amin Amer characterises him as ‘a king who wished to pose as a great pharaoh in an age of unrest and decline’ Ramesses III was considered the last great ph Pharaoh of the New Kingdom period. Some scholars believe he was a grandson of Ramess III and the son of an infamous prince or Pentawer, either an unknown prince or the infamous prince of the Pentawers. He is shown wearing the sidelock of youth used to denote childhood on a relief of the Procession of the Princes. The relief seems to have originally been executed when Ramesses IV was still a young prince, as he is shown in it with an uraeus underscoring his royal status and status as a prince. He may have planned and made six more tombs in the valley of the Queens, none of which are known today. He added his princely names to the titles he held before ascending the throne as his body, crown and crown prince, cavalry general, and royal scribes. He altered the youthful figure on the relief with a uraeus to make him appear more youthful. He also added the title ‘prince’ to the royal status of his crown, crown, and status. He had a daughter named Iset Ta-Hemdjert, and a son named Ramesses VIII.