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Ramses II was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt. He is often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom, itself the most powerful period of Ancient Egypt. The ancient Roman historian; Diodorus Siculus referred to him as Ozymandias.[2]

History

Early Life

Ramses' father the Pharaoh; Seti I became worried about the growing Hebrew slave population and decreed a cull of the first born. It was during this time his sister found by a baby and drew him out of the water and called him Moses not knowing his true Hebrew origin. When the boy had grown he witnessed Egyptian soldiers mistreating a Hebrew slave, and so killed the soldier. To evade the Pharaohs wrath, he went on an exile from the city. Following the death of Set I Ramses took the throne and became as cruel as his father.[3]

Ramses built extensively throughout Egypt, this included statues and temples built to honor him. The most notables structure includes the Ramesseum in Thebes[2] and the Great Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel.[5] He also founded a new capital city; Pi-Ramesses.

Moses Return

Moses returned to the city now impowered by God and implored Ramses to free the Hebrews, but Ramses refused.[3] He challenged Ramses' chief sorcerer;Anath-Na Mut to battle, wherein both threw down their staffs and they were turned to serpents. Anath-Na Mut's serpent was swallowed by Moses's. Ramses expelled Anath-Na Mut from the royal court and Anath-Na Mut wandered the desert for 90 years until coming to the Temple of Ka and finding the Ka Stone.[6][7][1][8][9]

Moses then asked god to help him free his people and he sent ten plagues to punish Egypt, these included; water turning to blood, frogs, lice, flies, livestock pestilence, boils, hail, locusts and darkness.[3] Moses then asked for the Hebrew doorposts to be marked with lamb's blood in order to protect the firstborn from the final plague. God sent the Angel of Death to take the first born of the Egyptians.[10] The darkforce known as the Void claimed to have been that being.[11][12].

Ramses finally agreed to free the slaves and led Moses lead his people of of Egypt.[3] Ramses however changed his mind and sent his soldiers after them. However at the Red Sea Moses used the power of god to part the sea. When the flood waters came back they drowned the Pharaoh and his men.[4]

Aftermath

The throne was then taken by his son Merenptah. The sorcerer Nephut-Sha sacrificed many people to Seth in his bid for revenge against the freed slaves. Seth transformed Nephut-Sha into the two demons Gog and Magog however when they began attacking the people of Egypt Merenptah and his men fought back imprisoning in two tombs for all eternity.[4]

Legacy

The British poet Percy Shelley wrote a famous poem based on Ramses titled "Ozymandias". The Vision quoted the poem on a mission to Egypt; "I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone, Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read, Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: My name is Ozymandias, king of kings; Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away."[2]

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