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Paser in hieroglyphics
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Paser (Pa ser)
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The distinguished man

Paser was an ancient Egyptian vizier of the 19th dynasty . He served under the pharaohs Seti I and Ramses II.


Paser's family was probably originally of foreign origin on his father's side and in the following generation lived in northern Egypt. The family then moved to Thebes . His father's parents were called Tapaja and Tatula. Paser's father was Nebnetjeru, a high priest of Amun . His mother Meritre was the head of the harem whose parents were Egyptian names Imy and Naja. The family was highly regarded in Thebes. Paser is described in the surviving inscriptions as an outstanding and rather conservative statesman. He was probably about ten years older than Ramses II.

His activity

Pectoral of the Paser

The vizier was a very important member of the pharaoh's court and played a major role in the Egyptian empire. Paser was appointed vizier by Sethos I, but also served 26 years under Ramses II. According to the definition of his office, he was the “ first servant of the Werethekau ” and thus the first valet of the palace . Paser was not only of domestic political importance, but was also involved in Egyptian foreign policy, which is evident in his participation in the Battle of Kadesh and the letters to the Hittite king Hattušili III. shows after the peace agreement.

When he handed over his office to his successor Chay in old age , he is said to have left behind a well-thought-out, well- structured state administration. He himself took over the high priesthood of Amun in Thebes. At the age of around seventy, Paser died in the 38th year of Ramses II's reign, i.e. around 1240 BC. Chr.

His grave

Paser's grave is in Theben-West and is called TT106 . The wall paintings are badly damaged, but clearly show the importance of Paser. In Saqqara he had a cenotaph that was even equipped with canopic jugs .


  • Christine Raedler: Die Wesire Ramses'II.-Netzwerk der Macht, in The Egyptian Kingship in the Field of Tension Between Domestic and Foreign Policy in the 2nd Millennium BC. Chr. Edited by Rolf Gundlach and Andrea Klug, Wiesbaden 2004, ISBN 3447050551 , pp 277-416 (pp 309-353 Paser)

Individual evidence

  1. Cairo Egyptian Museum CG 4325-26