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Gobbling Up the Years, Have You Had Enough of Mine
In Response To: Re: Ramses-Siptah and Achilles ()

Hi Titan ("son of Seuss"),

The early New Kingdom period is covered by Chapters 10-12.

Sequenenre Tao II was the designated successor of Tao I, at least in Egypt. That does not necessarily mean Tao II was a true son of Tao I. The fact that he was so ignomineously disgraced should make us suspicious, especially considering he was disgraced for his role in helping Tao II recover his very throne!

In my model, Tao II is the Mamre of Genesis and the Gideon/Jerubbaal of Judges. Jerubbaal has the meaning, "contends with Baal", and alludes to the falling out of Tao (Baal) II with his "father" Tao (Baal) I. Tao II was something of an uncle to phraoah Kamose (Saul/Iscah). The name Jerubbaal is in fact synonymous with Meribbaal the "grandson" of Saul, but I think the two could not have been one and the same.

Getting back to the late New Kingdom period, the father of pharaoh Ramses-Siptah is not known, but only speculated upon. Some think he might have been the son of Seti II, others the pharaoh Amenmesses. However, the father of Ramses-Siptah "A" is with more certainty known to have been Ramses II. Egyptologists would have themselves made this connection between the two Ramses-Siptah's long ago, however they were prevented from doing so by the assumption that Ramses lived into his nineties and that his successor Meremptah survived him by 12 years.

It can now be understood that Ramses II was declared a pharaoh (of the junior Libyan throne) while yet a toddler by Seti. His 67-year reign began at the age of two or three, and he therefore did not live beyond about 70 years. In fact, it seems that no royal person lived any longer than this. Moreover, Meremptah ruled as co-regent for the last 12 years of Ramses II's reign and was assassinated after only 6 months as sole pharaoh.

Happy Turkey Day,
Chucky son of Teddy