Twenty-second Dynasty of Egypt

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The Twenty-First, Twenty-Second, Twenty-Third, Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Dynasties of ancient Egypt are often combined under the group title, Third Intermediate Period.

The 22nd dynasty is also known as the Bubastite Dynasty, since the pharaohs originally ruled from the city of Bubastis.[1] It was founded by Shoshenq I.


The known rulers, in the History of Egypt, for the Twenty-Second Dynasty are as follows:

Twenty-Second Dynasty pharaohs
Pharaoh Throne name Reign (BCE) Consort(s) Comments
Shoshenq I Hedjkheperre-Setepenre 943–922 BC Patareshnes
Karomama A
possibly to be identified with the biblical Shishaq
Osorkon I Sekhemkheperre-Setepenre 922–887 BC Maatkare B
Shepensopdet A
Shoshenq II Heqakheperre-Setepenre 887–885 BC Nesitanebetashru
enjoyed an independent reign of 2 Years at Tanis according to Von Beckerath
Takelot I Hedjkheperre-Setepenre 885–872 BC Kapes
Osorkon II Usermaatre-Setepenamun 872–837 BC Isetemkheb G
Karomama B
an ally of Israel who fought Shalmaneser III of Assyria at the battle of Qarqar in 853 BC.
Shoshenq III Usermaatre-Setepenre 837–798 BC Tadibast II
Shoshenq (IV)"quartus" Hedjkheperre-Setepenre 798–785 BC not to be confused with Shoshenq VI; the original Shoshenq IV in publications before 1993
Pami Usermaatre-Setepenamun 785–778 BC buried two Apis bulls in his reign
Shoshenq V Akheperre 778–740 BC Tadibast III?
Pedubast II Sehetepibenre 740–730 BC Tadibast III? Not mentioned in all King lists, placement disputed
Osorkon IV Usermaatre 730–716 BC Not always listed as a true member of the XXII Dynasty, but succeeded Shoshenq V at Tanis. The biblical Pharaoh So.

The kings of the Twenty-Second Dynasty of Egypt were a series of Meshwesh Libyans who ruled from c. 943 BC until 720 BC. They had settled in Egypt since the Twentieth Dynasty. Manetho states that the dynasty originated at Bubastis, but the kings almost certainly ruled from Tanis, which was their capital and the city where their tombs have been excavated.

Another king who belongs to this group is Tutkheperre Shoshenq, whose precise position within this dynasty is currently uncertain although he is now thought to have ruled Egypt early in the 9th century BC for a short time between Osorkon I and Takelot I. The so-called Twenty-Third Dynasty was an offshoot of this dynasty perhaps based in Upper Egypt, though there is much debate concerning this issue. All of its kings reigned in Middle and Upper Egypt including the Western Desert Oases. The next ruler at Tanis after Shoshenq V was Osorkon IV but this king is sometimes not believed to be a member of the 22nd Dynasty since he only controlled a small portion of Lower Egypt together with Tefnakhte of Sais—whose authority was recognised at Memphis—and Iuput II of Leontopolis.


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