Seti I

After the disintegration of the dynastic line at the end of the 18th Dynasty, Seti I was the first direct heir to rule in almost fifty years and took care to emphasize his ancestry and legitimate claim to power. In spite of his brief decade on the throne, Seti ranks among the greatest Egyptian kings, particularly celebrated for the magnificent monuments he constructed, including the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak Temple. The elegant reliefs in his temple at Abydos and his richly decorated tomb in the Valley of the Kings (KV 17) are considered to be masterpieces of New Kingdom art.

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