Essay about Ramesses the Great

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Ramesses II, also known as Rameses and Ramses was the third Pharaoh of the nineteenth dynasty in ancient Egypt and arguably the most powerful ruler Egypt has seen. He led his civilization from 1279-1213 B.C.E. With a seemingly everlasting reign of around sixty six to sixty seven years, Ramesses aided Egypt in the ways of expansion and growth of power. Being born into royalty and prosperity, Ramesses was able to influence the politics and growth of his country at a very young age. Shortly after his death, Egypt’s new kingdom faced a decline in power and influence. In order to observe a leader’s rise to power it is vital to understand their upbringing and early life. Like a lot of kings, queens, and other monarchs, Ramesses inherited the …show more content…
Spalinger states that the University of Chicago sent an expedition team to the Beit el-Wali temple in the early sixties and the team discovered many carvings that depict Ramesses II participating in three main battles and possibly more. While not much is known about the early life of Ramesses, all signs point to him being highly involved in Egypt’s military and quite possibly even similar to a current day general. The carvings that the team found portrayed Ramesses as very powerful and often victorious. While it is highly unlikely that many succumbed to the forces of Ramesses, it is also very unlikely that the Egyptians would document defeat of their nation by carving losing battles into sacred temple walls.
Among depictions of other things, these carvings depict Ramesses taking prisoners, being awarded tribute, and slaying enemies. (Salinger 272). In all of the carvings on display in Beit el-Wali, there are three common nations that Ramesses is depicted in conflict with; Libya to the west, Nubia to the south, and Syria (or the Hittites) to the northeast. This being said, Egypt seemed to be at war with all of its neighboring civilizations. Salinger wrote, there were five scenes pictured on the northern wall of the temple and there is one of “Ramesses II on a platform grasping three Asiatics (Hittites) while four foreign enemies are being ushered before him. The nationality of two can be determined-Asiatic and Libyan-but the remaining two are unknown due to the poor
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