Ramses the Second

Topics: Ramesses II, Ancient Egypt, Nineteenth dynasty of Egypt Pages: 2 (803 words) Published: November 12, 2008
This paper will give an overview of the life of Ramses II. The questions you might be asking are: Who is Ramses II, why he is important, or what did he accomplish that made him so historically known. Well, my paper will cover all these questions and more.

First: “Who is Ramses” II, he was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as Egypt's greatest, most celebrated and most powerful Pharaoh. His successors and later Egyptians called him the "Great Ancestor". He is traditionally believed to have been the Pharaoh during the Exodus. Ramses II was born around 1303 BC and at age fourteen, Ramses II was appointed Prince Regent by his father Seti I. He is believed to have taken the throne in his early 20’s and to have ruled Egypt from 1279 BC to 1213 BC for a total of 66 years. This allowed him to be the second longest-ruling Pharaoh in all of Egypt. He was once said to have lived to be 99 years old, but it is more likely that he died in his 90th or 91st year.

Now I would like to talk about what Ramses II is known for. Ramses II is known for, his long reign of 67 years, and how everything was done on a grand scale. No other pharaoh constructed so many temples or erected so many colossal statues and monuments. No other pharaoh made so many children, it was presumed that he had over one hundred children with all his wives. Ramses II 'victory' over the Hittities at Kadesh was celebrated in one of the most repeated Egyptian texts ever put on record. By the time he died at the age of 90 or more, “he had set his stamp permanently on the face of Egypt." Ramses II also extending the territory south into Nubia, strengthening his position against the Libyans. Other questions you might be asking are: Did he have a wife, did he have children, did he have friends, was he liked or was he hated. I already stated most of these questions but I thought I should add on to what I already stated. Rameses II father was Seti I...
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