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Ancient Egypt
1. Introduction
2. People
3. Life styles
4. Culture
5. Education and Science
6. Society
7. Economy
8. Government
9. Cities and Villages
10. Language
11. Religion
12. Kings / periods
13. History
14. Map

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Osorkon 2

Bust of Osorkon 2.
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Bust of Osorkon 2.

Tomb of Osorkon 2.
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His tomb at Tanis, in the Nile Delta.

King of Egypt 874-850 BCE, as the 5th ruler of the 22nd Dynasty. He ruled from Tanis in the Nile Delta.
Osorkon 2 ruled in a time when the unity of Egypt was under threat from interests of Thebes. For a period of 10 years, Thebes was effectively independent. In 860 he was able to take full control over all of Egypt. On the international scene, was Osorkon able to form an alliance with Israel and Byblos to stop the expansion of Assyria.
His main building project was the additions to the Temple of Bastet at Bubastis.

874 BCE: Succeeds his father, Takelot 1, to the throne.
870: The High Priest of Amun at Thebes, Harsiese, declares himself king. Fearing to be defeated, Osorkon chooses not to challenge him.
860: Harsiese dies, and Osorkon appoints his own son, Nimlot as new High Priest. He also has another son, Shoshenq, appointed High Priest of Ptah at Memphis.
853: Osorkon's forces defeats the Assyrian army at Qarqar.
850: Dies and is succeeded by his son Takelot 2. He is buried at Tanis.

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By Tore Kjeilen