King Seti II of Ancient Egypt
Seti II mummy head
King Seti II - Userkheperure Setepenre
Biographical Information
Name(s) King Seti II
Age Unknown
Sex Male
Status 5th Pharaoh of the 19th dynasty of Egypt
Height Unknown
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) Birth: Unknown, Death: 1193 BC
Site KV15
Current Location
Location Valley of the Kings, East Valley, Thebes West Bank, Thebes
Catalog # Unknown


Seti II and otherwise referred to by his Greek name Sethos II, was the 5th ruler of the 19th dynasty of Egypt. His reign occurred from 1200 BC until his death in 1193 BC. During his reign of almost 6 years, he was also known as Userkheperure Setepenre which translates to "powerful are the manifestations of Re, the chosen one of Re". [1] Seti II was the loyal son of the 4th ruler Merneptah and Isetnofret II of the 19th dynasty. Seti II had three wives, Takhat II, Tausret (Twosret), and Tiaa. Seti II had a rival during his reign, Amenmesse, who also fought each other for the throne of Egypt. During this feud, Seti II's tomb which was still under construction at the time of his death had been vandalized by Amenmesse, who had gained control of the Egyptian throne during the third and fourth years of Seti II's rule. Seti II is credited with the expansion of the copper mine at Timna Valley in Edom and chapels of the Theban triad.[2]


Richard Pococke, among others, performed the first, brief excavations of site KV15 in 1738, however, it was not until 1904-05 that the site was completely cleared by Howard Carter. Very little is known about the history of the tomb of Seti II, and many scholars have speculated that this is because his original burial may have been in KV14 with his then wife Tausret. [3]


No evidential diagnosis was found for the biological cause of death.

Additional InfoEdit

Seti II's tomb is said to be one of many enclosed in a larger sarcophagus like that of Ramses II. Jewelry among other relics were found in the KV56 "The Gold Tomb", enscribed with the names Ethos II (Seti) and Tausret. [4]

External LinksEdit


  1. Peter Clayton, Chronicle of the Pharaohs, Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1994. p.158
  2. Magnusson, Magnus, "Archaeology of the Bible Lands" (BBC Books)
  3. Strudwick, Nigel; Strudwick, Helen (1999). Thebes in Egypt: A Guide to the Tombs and Temples of Ancient Luxor. Cornell University Press. p. 110.
  4. Davis, T. M., The Tomb of Sipthah, the Monkey Tomb and the Gold Tomb, No.4, Bibân el Molûk, Theodore M. Davis' Excavations, A. Constable, London, 1908

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