With Ramses IX Egypt returned to a degree of stability in as much as the king enjoyed a reign of some 18 years. There is not much to show for it in terms of monuments or records, however. Building work in Ramesses' name at the ancient sun centre of Heliopolis in the Delta indicates the greater emphasis being placed on Lower Egypt. This was probably one of the reasons why the High Priests of Amun at Thebes were increasingly able to assert their own power in Upper Egypt and to sow the seeds of the final insurrection to come during the 21st Dynasty.
|Tomb of Ramses IX|
The reign of Ramses X has been variously given as ranging from three to nine years, such is the lack of detail available for the period. An inscription from Aniba in Nubia has his cartouche and presumably evidences some continuing small concern with the area,- but the great influence and possessions of Egypt to the north-west, into Palestine and Syria, were now things of the past. The king's tomb (KV 18), just beyond Seti I's, has never been properly explored and no mummy has been attributed to him.
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