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Teramun (died 48 BCE) was an Egyptian farmer who lived in Siwa during the reign of Ptolemy XIII. In 48 BCE, he organized a protest with fellow farmers against the harsh tax increases by the boy pharaoh. As a consequence, he was imprisoned and tortured to death while his wife Issa and their children were set ablaze along with their home by Ptolemy's soldiers.


At some point prior to 48 BCE, Teramun married a woman named Issa who bore him a son and daughter, one of whom was several years older than the other. As farmers of the remote village of Siwa, Teramun and his wife were burdened heavily by the increase in taxation under the reign of Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII. They were not alone in their plight, and Teramun joined with fellow villagers who were also infuriated by what they perceived to be grave abuses of power.[1]

In 48 BCE, against the warnings of the local embalmer, Teramun rallied other aggrieved villagers to protest the taxes, provoking the ire of the local authorities. He and the other protestors were swiftly arrested and imprisoned at the Temple of Amun, where Telamun was submitted to torture. Desperate for help, Issa contacted the Medjay Bayek through his close friend Hepzefa. Although Bayek was able to infiltrate the temple and free the other prisoners, by the time he arrived, Teramun had already succumbed to his wounds. In the meantime, Issa and her children burned to death in their cellar when Ptolemy's soldiers set fire to their house—Bayek only receiving the news upon bringing Teramun's body to the charred remains of their home. Subsequently, Teramun and his family were given a proper burial by the embalmer who had predicted his fate.[1]




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