Horemheb

Horemheb

Birth
Death unknown
Burial Luxor, El Loʾṣor, Egypt
Plot KV 57
Memorial ID 7345835 · View Source
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Pharaoh. Last Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty. Horemheb's origins are a complete mystery. He first appeared in the record in service as a general for Amenhotep III. He also served under Akhenaten and Tutankhamun. In the reign of Akhenaten, he became Great Commander of the Army. Under Tutankhamun, he became King's Deputy. Scholars also believe he may well have shared regency with Ay under Tutankhamun. Upon Ay's death in about 1321 BC, Horemheb declared himself pharaoh, claiming no royal blood but apparently claimed divine election to the throne; possibly based on his success in a power struggle for the succession. He was middle aged by the time of his ascent to the throne. He apparently consolidated his elevation by marrying Mutnodjmet, who was a Singer of Amun, and therefore was probably of royal blood. He was responsible for issuing the Great Edict by which he ordered the ‘expulsion of evil and suppression of lying' in business and offered harsh punishments for corruption. Current scholarship believes he reigned for about thirty years. Upon his death, he appeared to leave no heirs of his bloodline, and Paramesse, who become Ramses I, succeeded and initiated the 19th Dynasty. Horemheb's name has also been spelled Horemhab, or Haremhab. Edward Ayrton discovered Horemheb's tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1908. The tomb was never completely finished, the work apparently started and stopped several times, but because of this, Egyptologists have learned much about how royal tombs were built.

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  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 10 Apr 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7345835
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Horemheb (unknown–unknown), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7345835, citing Valley of the Kings, Luxor, El Loʾṣor, Egypt ; Maintained by Find A Grave .