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Short Biography, Information & Facts about Siptah, the famous pharaoh and king of Egypt

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The term pharaoh was the title of an ancient Egyptian king who was considered to be a living god and worshipped as a deity. The pharaoh was an absolute ruler of Egypt, both the political and religious leader. 

Short Biography of the life of Siptah
The history, facts and information about Siptah, a famous pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.

The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Siptah:

  • Siptah was also known as Ramses Siptah, Akhenre Setepenre Siptah and Merneptah Siptah
  • Meaning of his name: The Son of Ptah
  • Egyptian Period / Kingdom: New Kingdom
  • Dynasty: Siptah ruled in the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty
  • Name of Previous Pharaoh: Seti II 1199 BC 1193 BC
  • Years of Reign: 1193 BC 1187 BC

  • Succeeded by: Queen Twosret (r1187 BC - 1186BC) and then Setnakhte (r1186 BC 1182 BC)
  • Family
    • Father: His father was believed to be Seti II
    • Mother: His mother was the concubine of Seti II called  Sutailja who came from Canaan
    • Children: None
  • Year of Death: 1187 BC
  • Location of the Burial Site: Valley of the Kings
  • Tomb reference number: KV47
  • Name of Egyptologist who discovered the burial site, or tomb, of Siptah: Edward Ayrton (1882 - 1914)
  • Biography and accomplishments or why Siptah was famous: Little is known about this pharaoh. He was a boy king who assumed the throne when he was just ten or eleven. His name was changed from Ramses Siptah to Merneptah Siptah. His step-mother Twosret, the former wife of Seti II ruled as the Queen Regent. The mummy of Siptah has revealed that he was about 18 years old when he died, he was tall and his hair was a red-brown color. He clearly had suffered with different health problems and his left foot was severely deformed possibly due to polio. It is believed that Queen regent Twosret retained power for another two years, until her death. She was succeeded by Sethnakht whose origins were unknown. Ramesses II did have a son named Ramesses-Sethnakht, but there is no evidence linking this son with the future Pharaoh Sethnakht.

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