Also known as: Horemhab, Haremhab
Dynasty XVIII
picture of Drawing of Horemheb<br>from Denkmäler III 296
Horemheb was commander in chief of the army and the designated heir to Tutankhamun. The vizier Ay managed to seize power when Tutankhamun died suddenly, probably while Horemhab was abroad with the army. However, Ay died after only a few years reign, and Horemheb finally ascended the throne. It is not known how he managed it, but presumably it was well known that he was the intended heir to Tutankhamun.

Horemeb initiated a return to religious normalcy by restoring the old gods to power, reducing the worship of Aten introduced by Akhenaten to rubble. He furthermore started erasing all traces of their reign and history, and was very successful, as the Amarna period kings were more or less forgotten.

Horemheb might be the Armaa mentioned in a historical text of the Hittite king Mursili II, written when Horemheb was the commander of the armies of Asia, before he became pharaoh. This name seems quite similar to the Armais/Armesis of Manetho.

Horemheb failed to produce a son, so instead he appointed his vizier, Paramessu, to succeed him, which he did as Ramesses I.

Reign of Horemheb
AE Chronology1319–1292
von Beckerath1321–1294
Manetho (Josephus)4y 1m
Manetho (Africanus)5 years
Manetho (Eusebius)5 years
Manetho (Jerome)5 years
Highest attestationYear 27


The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Horemheb: Ka nakht seped sekheru
Ka nakht seped sekheru
 kꜢ-nḫt spd-sḫrw
 The Strong bull, whose plans are clever
Medinet Habu stele fragment
ASAE, 17, 85
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), III, 112d
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 146-147, 14:H


Nebty name
Nebty name of Horemheb: Wer biat em ipetsut
Wer biat em ipetsut
 Great of marvels in Ipetsut (Karnak)
Medinet Habu stele fragment
ASAE, 17, 85
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 146-147, 14:N
Golden Horus name
Golden Horus name of Horemheb: Hor her Maat, sekheper tawy
Hor her Maat, sekheper tawy
 hrw-ḥr-mꜢꜤt sḫpr-tꜢwi
 Pleased with Maat, who (re)-created the Two Lands
Urkunden des Ägyptische Alterthums, IV, 2113
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 146-147, 14:G
Throne name
Throne name of Horemheb: Djoser kheperu Ra, setep en Ra
Djoser kheperu Ra, setep en Ra
 ḏsr-ḫprw stp-n-rꜤ
 The sacred one of the manifestations of Ra, chosen of Ra
Abydos king list 74
Saqqara king list 4
Karnak pylon IX
, Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien (), III, 112b
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 146-147, 14:T1


Birth name
Birth name of Horemheb: Horemhab
 Horus is in jubilation
Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 39, plate II, row 15 (as hereditary prince)
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 146-147, 14:E1


The sources of antiquity

From the writings of the historians and scholars of antiquity

Africanus xviii, 14 Aρμεσης Armesis Armeses 5 years
Eusebius xviii, 14 Aρμαις Armais Armais 5 years
Jerome Armais also called Danaus 5 years
Josephus 97 Aρμαις Armais Armais 4 years, 1 month


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 146–147
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 115–118
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 18 (1912): 381–396
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 107



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