Seti I was followed by Ramses II, who the Bible called Jeroboam II, the savior of Israel. In Greek myth, Ramses II is of the Herakles type. However, he is more commonly referred to in Greek myth as Pelops II. Perhaps the name Pelops reflected the extent to which Ramses usurped the monuments of Amenhotep III or shared a physical trait, such as a mottled complexion.
Ramses also designated as his Chief Wife a princess from the line of Thutmose IV (Perseus), who is variously referred to as Gorgophone, Hippodameia, and Media in Greek myth. Her firstborn son became an eldest son of Ramses and is called Atreus in Greek myth.
The leading son of Ramses II was Khaemwaset. He is best identified in Greek myth as Tyndareus. However, he also figures in the composite character of Nestor.
According to Pausanius, after the Fall of Troy, Orestes son of Agamemnon was invited to succeed Menelaus as king of Sparta and he was in turn followed by his son Tisamenos. Orestes corresponds to Osorkon IV in Egypt, a.k.a. Esarhaddon of Assyria. He was succeeded by Assurbanipal, known as Smendes in Egypt.
Assurbanipal was resisted by (Nefertem) Taharqa and Shebitku, the Biblical kings Tirhaka and Hezekiah. Shebitku was further known in Persia as Cyrus I (Koresh). These two are the "Heraclids" Temenos and Kresphontes, whose deceased brother is named as Aristdemos (Sennacherib/High Priest Menkheperre). Their collective father Aristomachos corresponds to Sargon II.
Sargon II, or Piye as he was known in Egypt, was strongly typed as a Joshua-David-Horus (Herakles). Nevertheless, his line eventually gave way to that of his kinsman Mentuemhet, the Ahasuerus of Persian fame.
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