Greece and the Egyptian New Kingdom

When dealing with Greece we have to keep in mind the heavy conflation with mythology that is a characteristic of the Greek histories. Perseus was a god of the mythological age, but also apparently a historical person who lived two or three generations before the legendary fall of Troy. The name Perseus is an epithet of Apollo (Egyptian Set). So we might expect the Perseus that was contemporary with the Egyptian New Kingdom to be a Sethian figure. Keeping that in mind, the leading Levi/Seth figures of the New Kingdom were associated with the dynasty of Ramses. In the Oedipus Cycle, Ramses (I) is given the name Adrastus.

See the name chart included with Chapter 16:

Possibly Ramses the Great and Ramses III were also referred to by this Greek epithet. Another Adrastus was considered the legitimate Greek overlord in the time of the renowned Kleisthenes king of Sikyon (c. 600 - 570 BC). (R.J. Hopper, The Early Greeks, p 212) In the model proposed here, the name Ramses was assumed by almost every "Great King" prior to the Fall of Jerusalem/Thebes (586 BC in the standard chronology). See Chart 28:

Certain pharaohs of this time were especially associated with Greek peoples, for example, Ramses III (Psusennes I) and Ramses IX (Psammetichos I). Ramses IX was also considered the king of Lydia under the name Gyges. Gyges was favorable inclined to send Greek mercenaries ("bronze men") to his alter ego Psammetichos in Egypt! (Earlier the Libyan pharaoh Takeloth III had a meeting with his own Assyrian alter ego Tiglath-pileser III!)

Returning to Perseus, he could have been the father of the first Adrastus/Ramses, that is, "Captain Sety". The son of Ramses was also called Seti and was very active during the Amarna Period (time of Oedipus/Akhenaten) while both he and his father were still Libyan pharoahs (Takelot II and Sheshonq III, respectively). This was a couple of generations before the Fall of Troy, which occurred late in the reign of Ramses II. Prince Pa-Nehesy ("the Southerner", an epithet of Set) was also a nominal member of the House of Ramses as well and a leading figure of the Amarna Period. He is however called Polyneices in the Oedipus Cycle rather than Perseus.

It should also be noted that the third son (Levi) of the 18th Dynasty Jacob (Amenhotep II) was called Khaemwaset ("crowned in Thebes"). He did not leave a significant mark on the archeaology of Amarna Period Egypt, but perhaps his appointed role was helping to govern Greece.

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