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Titulary what's this?
Horus Name Kanakht Ankhemmaat Nebhebusedmiitefptahtatjenen
Nebty Name Mekkemetwafpedjetpesdjet
Golden Horus Name Userrenput Wernakhtu

Prenomen: Usermaatre Setepenamun "Powerful is the Justice of Re, Beloved of Amun"

Nomen Ramesses (heqamaat-meryamun) "Born of Re, Ruler of Heliopolis"
King Lists  
Alternate Names Ramses, Ramesses
Dates what's this?
egyptsite 1153-1147
piccione 1151-1145
von beckerath 1152/51-1145/44
grimal 1154-1148
malek 1153-1147
redford 1166-1160
dodson 1153-1146
arnold 1163-1156
gardiner 1151-1145
Predecessor Father Ramesses III
Successor Brother, Ramesses V
Associated People
Father Ramesses III
Mother Isis or Titi
Chief Wife Tetopet
Brother Ramesses V, Ramesses VI
Burial Place
Rock cut tomb in Thebes, Valley of the Kings KV 2
Temple of Khonsu, Karnak
Obelisk in Heliopolis
Added to Medinet Habu, and mortuary temple near Deir el-Bahari

Ramesses IV took the throne after his father, in a period of time where Egypt was suffering from labor, economic, and social problems. There is no evidence that he attempted, or was able, to restore the wealth and authority of Egypt. Most texts about his reign note social unrest and economic decline.

He was probably in his mid-forties when he took the throne.

He did order extensive work in quarries, and he built on to the temples of Abydos, Heliopolis, and Thebes. He sent several thousand workers to the quarries in Wadi Hammamt -- there were 2000 soldiers send with the men; not to protect them, but to control them. Remember that his father, Ramesses III had ruled over famine and workers strikes all over egypt.

The Harris papyrus, which documents the details of his father's reign was placed by Ramesses IV in the tomb of Ramesses III.

By the end of his reign, RAmesses IV was being "accompanied" by the High Priest of Amun, Ramesesnakht. This man controlled a large family and the high priests of Amun. He and his family controlled much of Middle Egypt and the "sharing" of power between the pharaoh and the priest marked the beginning of the split between kings and high-priests at Thebes.

Ramesses IV is buried in the Valley of the Kings, in tomb KV2. However, he did have a tomb begun in the Valley of the Queens while he was still a prince (QV 53). His mummy was not found in either tomb, of course, but was found in the royal cache in KV 35. While it was found and identified, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo does not currently have it. The description of Ramesses IV based on his mummy is that he was short, bald, with a long nose and good teeth!



Ramesses III
Ramesses IV
Ramesses V
Ramesses VI
Ramesses VII
Ramesses VIII
Ramesses IX
Ramesses X
Ramesses XI


Tomb KV 2, Valley of the Kings
Temple of Knonsu, Karnak