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Leaders and rulers in
Ancient Egypt

List of kings

Height: 135.000 cm
Length: 370.000 cm

EA 117

List of Kings

From: Abydos, Egypt
Date: 19th Dynasty, around 1250 BC

This list of kings is painted on the wall of King Ramesses II's temple at Abydos. It records Ramesses giving presents (called 'offerings') to the spirits of earlier kings. Can you see the royal names? They are the ones that are written in cartouches - that means the hieroglyphs have an oval circle around them.

However, the list is not really a reliable way to find out about Egyptian history. It only includes Ramesses' favourite kings, and leaves out kings who later fell out of favour, such as Tutankhamun.