There seems little doubt that crown prince Sethy-Merenptah A was Merenptah's intended successor, as proclaimed visually in his numerous representations on his father's monuments. As crown prince, he held the full range of titles that went with such a status during the Ramesside Period. A simple Merenptah—Amenmeses—Sethy II succession has the attraction of apparent neatness, but in practice this raised major issues as to the dynamics of the situation, and in particular Sethy II's status during Amenmeses' period of rule. The three remaining Amada depictions of the viceroy are in prominent locations. The most important two are at the bottom of the exterior jambs of the main gate, below the original Eighteenth Dynasty adornments. The question of hypothesizing the motivations behind any ancient act is always problematic and risks straying into historical fiction.
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