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Ancient Egypt - Ramesside Queens Although not as influential as the queens of Dynasty XVIII the Ramesside queens continued to play a prominent role In the New Kingdom the Queen became much more prominent and powerful She acquired in her own right secular and religious titles that carried with them genuine jobs to do and estates with land servants and administrators to provide an independent income The title Gods Wife of Amun provided the queen with her own source of money and gave her a considerable degree of independence It is clear that Queens such as Nefertari Tiy Tuya Istnofret and Tauosret enjoyed this independence and played an important role in the running of Egypt and the Empire during its so-called Glory days It is very possible that Ramesses IIs Chief Royal Wife his favorite from many- Nefertari grew up as the daughter of a nobleman in Thebes She most likely became Ramesses IIs first wife when the prince was only 15 It was Nefertari who bore Ramesses II his first male heir Amun-her-khepseshef Amun Is with His Strong Arm as well as at least three more sons and two more daughters all after his ascension to the throne It can be said that Nefertari certainly wielded a great deal of influence over Egypt during her time she Held titles Kings Great Wife Mistress of the South and the North and Lady of the Two lands Epithet Beloved of Mut Was possibly the granddaughter daughter or niece of Ay Accompanied Ramesses II on all ceremonial occasions eg investitures religious festivals and processions Is depicted in offering scenes with Ramesses II at Karnak Luxor and Gebel el Silsila Has a temple dedicated to her at Abu Simbel Appeared in statuary on the faccedilade of temple of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel Was identified with the Godesses Hathor of Ishbek and Sothis Died between Years 24 and
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