Königseulogien der frühen Ramessidenzeit
Politische Propaganda im Dienst der Legitimierung einer neuen Dynastie
With the beginning of the 19th dynasty, rulers ascended the Egyptian throne who had no family ties to the royal family of the 18th dynasty. Ramses I, a highly decorated military official, was made successor to the throne by Haremhab at a crucial time with regard to both domestic and foreign affairs. Domestically, Egypt was still feeling the impact of the post Amarna period and had not fully returned to a traditional concept of Egyptian kingship. Externally, the growing strength of the Hittite empire posed a serious threat. Against this historical background, the first kings of the Ramesside Period had to face problems concerning the legitimization of their rule. After all, they could not refer to any descent from a royal dynasty. Investigating royal representation of the early 19th dynasty, the text type of king’s eulogies offers a most demonstrative image of their solution to this problem and the combination of these officially commissioned monumental texts and their iconography gives an excellent impression of Ramesside political propaganda.
Claudia Maderna-Sieben studied Egyptology, Classical Archaeology and Byzantine studies at the FU Berlin and the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. During her studies she worked for eight years with the excavation project „Ramessidische Beamtengräber in der Thebanischen Nekropole“ headed by Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jan Assmann. Since 2018 she is a research associate of the long-term project "The Demotic Palaeographical Database Project - DPDP" funded by the DFG under the direction of Prof. Dr. Joachim F. Quack at the Egyptological Institute of the University of Heidelberg. Her main research interests are political history and royal ideology as well as Demotic studies.