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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, 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 enigmatic figure.


Quick Bio

Parents: Pharaoh Seti I and Queen Tuya
Born: 1302BC
Inherited the Throne when he was approx. 22 years old
Reign: 66 years from approx. 1279 to 1213BC, during the 19th Dynasty
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
Consort: Great Royal Wife, Queen Nefertari
Predecessor: His father, Pharaoh Seti I
Died: 1213BC
Buried: KV7
Successor: His son, Pharaoh Merneptah