fifth king of the twentieth dynasty, New Kingdom. Probably a son of Ramesses III, this king was buried in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes (tomb 9), which appears to have been begun under Ramesses V, who probably occupied the same tomb. It was apparently robbed within twenty years of the death of Ramesses VI, if it is correct that the robbery of a royal tomb described in Papyrus Mayer B refers to it. In any event, the construction of the tomb was responsible for the preservation of the tomb of Tutankhamun (tomb 62), the entrance of which was hidden by the construction of huts for the workmen of tomb 9.

Under Ramesses VI, Egypt still had some influence on, or connections with, the outer reaches of its empire; a statue base of Ramesses VI is known from Megiddo in Palestine, and the king's cartouches are known from the area of the Third Cataract of the Nile in Nubia. Ramesses VI appears to have been the last New Kingdom pharaoh under whom copper-mining expeditions were sent to the Sinai.

Ramesses VI is otherwise known from the tomb of his mother, Isis, who was buried in tomb 51 of the Valley of the Queens. He is also attested on a number of statues and minor inscriptions in Karnak, Coptos, and Bubastis.

Bibliography

  • Dodson, A. “The Sons of Ramesses III.” KMT. A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 8.1 (1997), 29–43.
  • Kitchen, K. A. “Ramses V–XI.” In Lexikon der Ägyptologie, 5.1: 124–128. Wiesbaden, 1983.

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