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Ramses II


Ramses was the third pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty. Ramses lived to be 96 years old, had over 200 wives and concubines, 96 sons and 60 daughters whose reign (1279–13 BCE) was the second longest in Egyptian history. In addition to his wars with the Hittites and Libyans, he is known for his extensive building programs and for the many colossal statues of him found all over Egypt.

Who is Ramses II?

Amazing pictures from the period

King Ramses the Second took the throne of Egypt in his early twenties (around 1279 BC) and ruled for 66 years until his death (1213 BC). He was the third ruler of the 19th Dynasty and ruled for an amazing 67 years, the second longest reign of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. Perhaps the best-known achievements of Ramses the Great are his architectural endeavors, most notable the Ramseur and the temples of Abu Simbel. Ramses Disinterest in architecture resulted in the erection of more monuments than any of the other ancient Egyptian pharaohs.

Accomplishments of Ramses

The importance of Ramses II’s reign to the Nineteenth Dynasty cannot be understated: He ruled as pharaoh longer than the seven other Nineteenth-Dynasty pharaohs combined and his reign was marked by the dynasty’s most important military campaigns. His lengthy reign made him a formidable figure, as he saw foreign monarchs come and go. He engaged commanders in battle that had grown up hearing of his exploits. This was a factor in his dealings with the Hittites—his opponents in the second Battle of Kadesh, fought at the Orontes River in modern Syria.

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