Pharaoh. The first pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty of the New Kingdom Period, reigning from c. 1186 BC to 1183 BC. Setnakhte took the throne after establishing order following a period of chaos and civil war within Egypt. He put down rebellions, relieved the besieged cities of Egypt, bought back those who had gone into hiding, and reopened the temples. His origins are unclear, though some scholarship links him to the previous dynasty, possibly even a grandson of Rameses II. He ordered a tomb begun for himself, now known as KV11, but it was abandoned when workers accidentally broke into the tomb of Pharaoh Amenmesse. After a reign of almost three years, Setnakhte died and was buried with royal honors in the tomb that was originally excavated for Queen Tausret, now designated KV14. Setnakhte's body was not found in KV14, however, but his coffin was discovered in the royal cache found in 1898. It is possible that his body was that of an unwrapped and unidentified mummy discovered on a wooden boat in the same cache. He was succeeded by his son Rameses III.
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