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Usurped Cartouches Of Merenptah At Karnak And Luxor

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At Karnak and Luxor temples one often finds the cartouches of Seti II carved secondarily over the erased titulary of one of his Ramesside predecessors in wall reliefs, statuary and bandeau texts. Among the cartouches usurped by Seti II at Karnak, however, only rarely do any traces of the original author remain. In a few instances it is clear that Merenptah's name had occurred earlier, as with the war scenes on the west exterior wall of the Cour de la Cachette at Karnak and some blocks from its walls, where faint traces of Merenptah's titulary occasionally surive. At Luxor temple, bandeau texts and other marginal inscriptions from the later Nineteenth Dynasty can be found in the Ramesside forecourt. It may be that Amenmesse's program of damnatio memoriae was never completed in the area of the Cour de la Cachette.

Keywords: Cour de la Cachette; damnatio memoriae; Luxor temples; Merenptah at Karnak; usurped cartouches



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