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Egyptian Plaque of King Ramses in Kadesh Battle

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King Ramses II was the third pharaoh in the nineteenth dynasty. He ruled from 1304- 1237 BC and was the son of Seti I and his grandfather was Ramses I. Ramses is regarded as the greatest Pharaoh in Egyptian history. (Kjeilen II 1) Ramses accomplished the most of any pharaoh during his period of rule. When Ramses became the Pharaoh, previous kings and figures of authority tested him. It was customary for previous rulers to examine the new pharaohs. Past emperors would test a new king?s power to see if Ramses would be able to keep peace and non-violence in his period of rule. (Usr-Maat 1) Despite Ramses vigorous testing, Ramses accomplished many goals and went on to become a great King. Ramses left behind an in credible legacy and standard for his exquisite monuments and buildings. Ramses constructed more monuments than any other pharaoh. (Weeks 9) Some of which include The Rammeseum, The Temple at Abu Simbel, parts of the Hypostle Wall, and the Temple Of Karnak. (Egypt?s Founding Father 1) Ramses called for faster erection of statues with greater description then those of previous kings. Ramses?s sworn enemies were the Hittites. (Egypt?s Founding Father 1) and (Ramses II 1) Unfortunately for Ramses, the Hittites were skilled in battle. The Hittites and Ramses fought in Kadesh, this episode became known, as The Battle of Kadesh and it was the most famous battle Ramses ever fought. Neither side came out on top, however Ramses regarded himself as the victor and inscribed it on many statues, and the Hittite king did the same. (Egypt?s Founding Father 1) Out of this battle came a peace treaty. Both sides agreed not to intrude on each other and agreed to live without conflict. This led to Ramses wedding the Hittite princess. (Usr-Maat 2) When Ramses was not at war he had another passion, building Ramses had an uncontrollable love for building. Not only did Ramses construct many of his own monuments, Ramses inscribed messages and depicted scenes of his own on many buildings and statues already built. An example of this would be that on the outer walls of the Temple of Karnak, he depicted the battle at Kadesh in great detail. It showed Ramses slaying Hittite warriors. (Hobson 138) The magnificent Sphinx, which is still an enigma to us today, were the greatest constructions until the period of Ramses. (Lehner 127) If visitors who come to the Temple think about how big the Sphinx are that is how big many of Ramses statues are. Dimensions: Height:10" Width:16" Depth:1" Weight: 5 lbs


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