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Psammetichus II


Psammetichus II. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien (Austria). Photo Jona Lendering.Psammetichus II on a wall from Sais (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien) Psammetichus II: pharaoh of the Saite dynasty, ruler of Egypt from 595 to 589.

Egyptian names: Neferibra Psamtik II

Successor of: Necho II

Relatives:

  • father: Necho II
  • mother: Tahut
  • wife: ?
    • son: Apries
    • daughter: Ankhnes-Neferibre

Main deeds:

  • 595: Succeeds his father
  • 593: Attack on Kush (modern Sudan): his generals Amasis and Potasimto reach Kerma (near the third cataract); the Kushites transfer their capital from Napata to Meroe
  • Many representations of Kushite rulers on monuments in Egypt destroyed
  • 589: Death; he is succeeded by his son Apries

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Psammetichus' obelisk in Rome. Photo Marco Prins.

Buildings:

  • Continued building activity at the temple of Neith in Sais
  • Two obelisks at Heliopolis (one of them brought to Rome by the emperor Augustus, and used as a sun dial)
  • A temple at Karnak
  • Repairs at the temple of Khnum at Elephantine
  • Two obelisks at Abydos
  • A kiosk at Philae, the first monument on this island
  • The temple of Hibis in the Kharga oasis (finished by Darius I or Darius II)
Succeeded by: Apries
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