Ramses the Great

“Ramses the Great” In the Egyptian pyramids of Giza,
Ramses the Great ruled as the greatest pharaoh of all times.
Ramses the Great, also known as Ramses II, or just
Ramses, was born in 1304 B.C., and was given the name
the Justice of Ray is Powerful. He had the knowledge of
the kingdom, and became the focus of the court at an early
age. Ramses and his father spent most of their time
together, and at age ten, Ramses became heir to the
thrown. He took the thrown in the year of 1292 B.C. The
pharaoh lived over all other people in the kingdom.
According to historians, the Nile river was the source of life
to the Egyptians. The Nile river provided the Egyptian
people with water, fish, and fertile soil to grow crops on.
The peasant folk in Egypt lived on a diet of wheat bread,
fish, and corn. Also, the death rates there were said to be
very high. When Ramses became pharaoh, he got many
riches. For example, Ramses had as many women as his
heart desired. The women did everything for Ramses,
which includes dancing for him. Ramses II was the most
powerful king in all of ancient Egypt, and his Queens were
his greatest supporters. Ramses had many wives, but he
loved one particular wife the most of all of them. Ramses
the Great was also known for his fighting. In 1275 B.C., he
went into battle with about 2,000 men. It was about noon
on a spring day, and Ramses II was encamped with his
army near the city of Kadesh in Syria. He and his army
were planning a surprise attack on the Hittites. While
Ramses was waiting for his army to assemble, Hittite
chariots showed up out of nowhere and attacked.
Frightened, the Egyptian forces fled and left Ramses the
Great to face the enemy alone. Luckily, he escaped with his
life. Later, Ramses II had scenes from the battle carved on
temple was all over Egypt. According to the carvings,
Ramses prayed to Amon, the chief Egyptian god, to save
him. He said, “My soldiers and charioteers have forsaken
me, but I call and find that Amon is worth more to me than
millions of foot soldiers and hundreds of thousands of
chariots.” After that, the carvings show that he rallied his
forces and had victory over the Hittites. Furthermore,
Ramses II raised many monuments to commemorate all of
his victories. Despite their battle, in 1284 B.C., Ramses
and the Hittites signed a treaty that set the borders of two
empires, which ended the costly struggle between them.
Many historians believe that Ramses the Great is the
pharaoh that is written about in the Bible. The story that
they think Ramses might be in, is the one where Moses told
the pharaoh to let his people go. Other people also think
that when Ramses died, he became a god. Ramses spent
most of his 67-year reign reviving the empire and fighting
the Hittites of Asia Minor. Ramses was 92 years old when
he died, and was mummified and put into a temple. The
process of mummification took about 70 days. Three of the
four gods are carved in the side of a large temple, and are
said to guard Ramses. The fourth god was the god of the
underground, so he remains in eternal darkness
underground, on the inside of the temple.

Category: History