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Pharaoh Ramses II, Ramses the Great

The Pharaohs - The People

The Infamous Pharaoh who built many of the best known Monuments that remain standing today

After Pharaoh Tutankhamun, Pharaoh Ramses II or Ramses the Great may be the best known ancient Egyptian.

He lived for more years than any other Pharaoh except one, fathered more children than any other Pharaoh, was a prolific builder, signed the first known Peace Treaty, and built love letters to his Great Royal Wife, Nefertari.

He is and remains an extremly enigmatic figure

Quick Bio

Parents: Pharaoh Seti I and Queen Tuya and Born: 1302BC
Inherited the Throne when he was approx. 22 years old and Reign: 66 years 
Regnal Name or Prenomen: Usermaatra-setepenra Ramessu-meryamen or, the Powerful One of Ma’at, the Justice of Ra is Powerful, chosen of Ra, Ra bore him, beloved of Amun
Hittite version of his name: Washmuaria Shatepnaria Riamashesha Maiamana
Main Consort: Great Royal Wife, Queen Nefertari
Died: 1213BC and Buried: KV7 and Successor: His son, Merneptah

Learn more about Pharaoh Ramses II’s Family Members here:

Pharaoh’s Grandfather, Ramses I

Pharaoh’s Father, Seti I

Pharaoh’s Mother, Queen Tuya

Pharaoh’s Wife, Queen Nefertari

Pharaoh’s other Great Royal Wives

Pharaoh’s Son & Successor, Merneptah

Click on the Image below to have an insight in to that part of
Pharaoh Ramses II’s life

Early Life & Family

Taking the Throne

Military Campaigns

Building Achievements

Later Reign


There are numerous achievements within Pharaoh’s life and reign. Here are links to the webpages for a few of them:

Pharaoh Ramses II vs The Sea Peoples

Princess Henuttawy’s Tomb, QV73, Waset

Hypostyle Hall, Karnak Temple

Building of his Capital City, Pi Ramses

Princess Henutmira’s Tomb, QV75, Waset

His Mortuary Temple, the Ramesseum

Princess Meritamen’s Tomb, Waset

Temples in his Capital City, Pi Ramses

Battle of Kadesh

Tomb QV66 for Queen Nefertari, Waset

Construction of the Temples at Abu Simbel

First Peace Treaty in the World


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