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Short Biography, Information & Facts about Nefertari, the famous queen of Egypt
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Short Biography of the life of Nefertari

The history, facts and information about Nefertari, a famous queen of Ancient Egypt. The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Nefertari, the Great Royal Wife or chief wife of the Pharaoh Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great:

  • Nefertari was also known as Nefertari Meri-en-tmut meaning the Lovely One - beloved of Mut
  • Titles included: The Lady of the Two Lands and Beautiful Companion
  • Egyptian Period / Kingdom: New Kingdom
  • Dynasty: Nefertari ruled as queen to Ramses II, the Great, in the nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty
  • Succeeded as chief wife by : Isisnofret

  • Year of Birth: c1301 BC
  • Family
    • Father & Mother: Their names were unknown but she is believed to have come from Ancient Egyptian nobility possibly a relation to the Pharaoh Ay
    • Children:  Sons names were Amenhirkhepeshef, Prehirwenemef, Meryre, Mery-Atum. Her daughters were Merytamen and Henuttawy
    • None of the sons of Nefertari became Pharaoh, they died during Ramses long lifetime. The throne was taken by Merneptah (r1213 BC 1203 BC) the son of Isisnofret 
  • Years of Reign:1279BC - Unknown
  • Year of Death: Unknown but it occurred before the 30th year in the reign of Ramses II
  • Location of the Burial Site: Valley of the Queens
  • Tomb reference number: QV66
  • Name of Egyptologist who discovered the burial site, or tomb, of Nefertari: Ernesto Schiaparelli in 1904. Her tomb is regarded as one of the most beautiful in Egypt and was subject to major restoration work conducted by the Getty foundation
  • Biography and accomplishments or why Nefertari was famous: Nefertari married Ramses before he became Pharaoh. She was 13 and he was 15 years old. She held a position which had been unequalled by a woman in Ancient Egypt. She took part in both civil and religious ceremonies and accompanied the pharaoh on important journeys. Nefertari was even deified during her lifetime. Her importance and role of beloved wife to Ramses II is confirmed by the number of monuments dedicated to her name. Nefertari is also depicted in statues as being equal in size to Ramses II, a rarity indicating her importance to the pharaoh. The smaller temple of Hathor at Abu Simbel is also dedicated to Queen Nefertari. Monuments to Nefertari include the Rock Temple at Abu Simbel, her images can be seen at Karnak,  Luxor and Heliopolis. None of the sons of Queen Nefertari became Pharaoh, they died during Ramses long lifetime. The throne was taken by Merneptah (r1213 BC 1203 BC) the son of Isisnofret, the second chief wife of Ramses the Great. 

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