Twenty-first Dynasty of Egypt
Dynasties of Ancient Egypt
The Twenty-First, Twenty-Second, Twenty-Third, Twenty-Fourth, and Twenty-Fifth Dynasties of ancient Egypt are often combined under the group title, Third Intermediate Period.
The known rulers, in the History of Egypt, for the Twenty-First Dynasty are as follows:
|Smendes (Nesbanebdjed I)||Hedjkheperre-Setepenre||1077 BC - 1051 BC||unknown||Tentamun|
|Amenemnisu||Neferkare-Heqawaset||1051 BC - 1047 BC||unknown|
|Pinedjem I (co-regent)||Kheperkare-Setepenamun||1062 BC - 1039 BC||Cache in Deir el-Bahari||Henuttawy
|Psusennes I (Pasebkhanut I)||Akheperre-Setepenamun||1047 BC - 1001 BC||NRT III, Tanis||Mutnedjemet
|Amenemope||Usermaetre-Setepenamun||1001 BC - 992 BC||Tanis|
|Osorkon the Elder||Akheperre-Setepenre||992 BC - 986 BC||unknown|
|Siamun||Netjerkheperre-Meryamun||986 BC - 967 BC||unknown|
|Psusennes II (Pasebkhanut I)||Tyetkheperure-Setepenre||967 BC - 943 BC||unknown|
After the reign of Ramesses III, a long, slow decline of royal power in Egypt followed. The pharaohs of the Twenty-First Dynasty ruled from Tanis, but were mostly active only in Lower Egypt which they controlled. This dynasty is described as 'Tanite' because its political capital was based at Tanis. Meanwhile, the High Priests of Amun at Thebes effectively ruled Middle and Upper Egypt in all but name. The later Egyptian Priest Manetho of Sebennytos states in his Epitome on Egyptian royal history that "the 21st Dynasty of Egypt lasted for 130 years".
- Kenneth A. Kitchen, The Third Intermediate Period in Egypt (1100–650 BC), 3rd edition, 1986, Warminster: Aris & Phillips Ltd, p.531
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