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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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Ramses 5
Other spellings: Rameses, Ramesses

King of Ancient Egypt (1147- 1143 BCE), the 4th ruler of the 20th Dynasty.
He was the son of Ramses 4. His name was not Ramses, this was a name/title he took when assuming power.
The period during which Ramses 5 became king was not a stable one. A good example of this is that his reign is remembered for the crime and corruption scandal among the priests at Elephantine.
As with his father, his powers were challenged by the high priest of Amon at Karnak. He controlled large lands and as his son was the chief tax assessor he had great influence over all of Egypt's finances.
He added to the funerary temple now known as Medinet Habu near Thebes. He started to build a tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
From the fact that he wasn't buried until the 2nd year of his successors' reign, it is assumed that he was deposed. He died from smallpox, and at an early age. He was succeeded by Ramses 6, his uncle, who also took over his tomb.

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By Tore Kjeilen