Murshilish II King of the Hittites [61642]
(Abt 1370 B.C.-Abt 1320 B.C.)
Bentib-sharre King of Lawazantiya [61641]
Khattushilish III King of the Hittites [61639]
(Abt 1326 B.C.-Abt 1265 B.C.)
Pudu-Kheba of Lawazanitiya [61640]

Maetnefrure of Khatti [61638]


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Ramses II Pharaoh of Egypt [61637]

Maetnefrure of Khatti [61638]

  • Marriage: Ramses II Pharaoh of Egypt [61637]

bullet  General Notes:

Ramesses II's marrage to Maathomeferure was born of diplomacy. She was a princess of the Hittite ruler, Hattusilis III. This was a political move to cement peace between Egypt and the Hittites, after a peace treaty was signed in about year 21 of Ramesses II's rule. Seven years later, in about 1239 BC, and Ramesses seems to have outlive this queen as well, and duly marries another Hittite princess whose name has been lost.

was a daughter of the Hittite king Hattusili III , and was married to the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 34th year of his reign, becoming the Great King's Wife. But only a short while after her marriage her name is not mentioned anymore, the supposition being that she died.

Egypt and the Hittite empire had been increasingly at odds since the demise of the kingdom of the Mitanni , and Maathorneferure's marriage to the Egyptian king was the conclusion of the peace process which had begun with the signing of a peace treaty thirteen years earlier.

Maathorneferure was the daughter of Hattusili III and his wife Puduchepa . Her original name is unknown, but her Egyptian name translates as "One who sees Horus, the invisible splendor of Ra".

At Tanis, there is a broken statue of Ramesses that shows her (mostly destroyed) figure touching his leg, together with her cartouche.

During the latter half of the first millennium BCE Maathorneferure's marriage to the pharaoh gave rise to the tale inscribed on the Bentresh Stela in which the sister of a foreign queen is healed by a divine statue sent from Egypt.[1]

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"Marriage Stela" in Ancient Records of Egypt by J. H. Breasted, Part Three, 415ff

"The Bentresh Stela" in Ancient Egyptian Literature by M. Lichtheim, Vol.3, pp.90ff.

Ramesside Inscriptions by Kenneth Anderson Kitchen

Letters of the Great Kings of the Ancient Near East: The Royal Correspondence of the Late Bronze Age by Trevor R. Bryce , p.117ff.

The Kingdom Of The Hittites by Trevor Robert Bryce, p.283


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Maetnefrure married Ramses II Pharaoh of Egypt [61637] [MRIN: 551617710], son of Seti I [61728] and Tuya (Thuya) of EGYPT queen [61729]. (Ramses II Pharaoh of Egypt [61637] was born about 1302 B.C. and died about 1213 B.C..)

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