Ramases II - The Greatest of Egypt's Pharaohs Essay

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Ramases II - The Greatest of Egypt's Pharaohs

Rameses II, he was the third of his line in the Nineteenth Dynasty, son of Seti I, and grandson of Rameses I. He ruled for nearly seventy years in the middle of a Period known, as the New Kingdom when Egypt was at it’s most powerful. During His reign 1279-1213, Egypt enjoyed an era of prosperity and stability, not only internally, but externally as well. He is responsible for the building of more Monuments and famous structures than any other pharaoh, having many Structures and statues renamed as if he commissioned them himself. By the end of his unusually long sixty-six-year long reign, he was famous throughout the then known ancient world.

Ramses I was chosen as heir to King
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During the Eighteenth Dynasty many of Egypt’s territories had been lost. It was Seti’s main goal to restore Egypt’s Syrian empire. After serving as king for little more than a year, Rameses became sick and appointed Seti as co-regent. Only sixteen months after being made heir to the throne by Horemheb, Rameses I died, leaving Seti to rule over Egypt.

The mummification and secret burial of Rameses I now fell on Seti I. The tomb Rameses I had begun had to be finished in a hurry. Seti I and his son Rameses went with Rameses I’s mummified body to its secret burial place. Seti I used this time to pick out his own burial spot and construction began immediately.

On their return to Memphis, Seti I with Rameses stopped in Abydos, the cult center of Osiris, the God of the Afterlife. Here he ordered the building of temple for his father Rameses I and a slightly larger one for his son Rameses.

Now in power Seti I set about his wish to restore Egypt’s control over Canaan and Syria by beating all of the local chieftain’s and princes who had gained control during the Eighteenth Dynasty. Seti I began the first of many campaigns known as the Northern Wars.
This was all begun in year one of his reign (the calendar started over with each new ruler). Seti I had the Egyptian Army march from the northeast Delta across the desert to Gaza in the area of Canaan (modern Israel). An enormous battle took place; the

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