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) - Fresco From The Tomb of Nefertari -- Circa 1250 BCE -- Chief wife of Ramesses The Great -- Excavated from Queen's Valley Tomb QV 66.
Nefertari was the wife and queen of the great King Ramsses II. She lived during the New Kingdom Period 19th Dynasty. Nefertari’s known biography begins after her husband became Egypt’s ruler. Her name, Nefertari Merytmut (meaning The Beautiful Companion, Beloved of Mut), embodied the majesty and stature of queen Nefertari. At the young age of 13 she married the 15 year old Ramsses II, who would come to be famously known as Ramsses the Great. Nefertari was Ramses II’s wife for over 24 years. What was probably a politically inspired union would, over time, blossom into an amorous relationship wherein Ramses II celebrated his love for her with monuments and poetry dedicated to her honor. The many titles ascribed to her attest to the esteem Ramses held for her and the various roles she undertook in her function as queen. demonstrate her positions as lover, priestess and political functionary. She is known to have even accompanied Ramses, in some cases, on military campaigns. She was highly educated and able to both read and write hieroglyphs, a very rare skill at the time. She used these skills in her diplomatic work, corresponding with other prominent royals of the time. Her lavishly decorated tomb, QV66, is one of the largest and most spectacular in the Valley of the Queens. Ramesses also constructed a temple for her at Abu Simbel next to his colossal monument there.
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