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Poisoned LegacyThe Fall of the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty$
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Aidan Dodson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163951

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163951.001.0001

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Downfall, Renaissance, and Decline

Downfall, Renaissance, and Decline

(p.119) 7 Downfall, Renaissance, and Decline
Poisoned Legacy

Aidan Dodson

American University in Cairo Press

The propagandistic intent of both the stela and the papyrus is thus clear, with the result that neither can be regarded uncritically as a source for the state of Egypt at the time Sethnakhte appeared on the scene. The reliability of the papyrus also suffers from its having been written more than three decades after the events in question. Sethnakhte's death marked the accession of his son Rameses III and the opening of the last phase of the history of the New Kingdom. The Libyan population of the western Delta continued to increase by peaceful infiltration and would later form the basis for a line of chieftains that would ultimately take the throne of Egypt. The renaissance represented by the reign of Rameses III was followed by a slow but steady decline under his successors, beginning with Rameses IV.

Keywords:   Sethnakhte, Rameses III, Rameses IV, New Kingdom, Egypt

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