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Khaemwase

Early Nineteenth Dynasty (about 1290–1279 B.C.E.)–Nineteenth Dynasty (before 1213 B.C.E.

Prince
Priest

Fourth Son.

Khaemwase was the fourth son of Ramesses II and the second son of Queen Istnofret, a secondary wife. He thus held high rank among Ramesses' 115 children. Khaemwase was probably born while his grandfather, Sety I, was still king (1290–1279 B.C.E.). As a boy of about five, he accompanied his father on military campaigns in Lower Nubia to the south of Egypt. He also followed his father to war as a teenager. But Khaemwase had interests other than war.

Priest.

Khaemwase became a priest of the god Ptah in Memphis when he was in his twenties, in Year 16 of his father's reign, about 1263 B.C.E. Among his first duties as priest was to supervise the burial of the...

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