Ramses the Great

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The reign of Ramses the Great was a golden age in which political and cultural life thrived. He created spectacular monuments, including the magnificent Abu Simbel temples, the royal city of Piramses, and his mortuary temple, the Ramesseum. As a military leader, he expanded Egypt's sovereignty from Nubia in the south to Syria in the west. Brilliant and ambitious, he forged, with the Hittite Empire, the first-ever peace treaty. A copy hangs in the New York headquarters of the United Nations. His extraordinary ...
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Overview

The reign of Ramses the Great was a golden age in which political and cultural life thrived. He created spectacular monuments, including the magnificent Abu Simbel temples, the royal city of Piramses, and his mortuary temple, the Ramesseum. As a military leader, he expanded Egypt's sovereignty from Nubia in the south to Syria in the west. Brilliant and ambitious, he forged, with the Hittite Empire, the first-ever peace treaty. A copy hangs in the New York headquarters of the United Nations. His extraordinary leadership resulted in decades of peace and prosperity. Today, Egypt recognizes Ramses the Great with boulevards, parks, hotels, and museums. He was buried in the Valley of the Kings, and his mummy was discovered in 1881. It is one of Egypt's greatest tourist attractions.
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Children's Literature - Lynn O'Connell
Ramses II, a pharaoh of Egypt's nineteenth dynasty, had every reason to be called great. As a master builder, his reign saw the construction of the Abu Simbel temples, the royal city of Piramses, and the Ramesseum. As a master strategist and military leader, he saw the expansion of Egypt's rule to Nubia and to Syria. Meanwhile, Ramses II brought a reign of peace and prosperity to his kingdom. He is responsible for the peace treaty between Egypt and the Hittites; today that document is on display in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. This biography, part of the "Ancient World Leaders" series, includes an introduction by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., who offers two tests to determine a great leader: "Does the leader lead by force or by persuasion?" and "What is the goal of that leader?" The book includes the details of Ramses II's life in chronological order, focusing on both his political and personal life. While Nefartari was the chief queen of the harem, Ramses II had at least eight wives as well as approximately eighty sons and sixty daughters. Each chapter in the book includes one in-depth article on topics such as hieroglyphics, mummification, weapons, or sacred rituals. Ultimately, the book would make an excellent addition to a school library, providing information both on Ramses II and his leadership as well as information about Egyptian culture in the time of the pharaohs. Reviewer: Lynn O'Connell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791096376
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Ancient World Leaders Series
  • Pages: 131
  • Sales rank: 852,120
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: On Leadership Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. 6

1 Young Ramses II 12

2 Sixty-seven Kings 23

3 Ramses Crowned King of Egypt 35

4 Daily Life in Ancient Egypt 46

5 Master Builder 58

6 Master Strategist 71

7 Fields of Endeavor 82

8 The Peace Treaty 91

9 Nightfall 100

10 Egypt Thereafter 110

Chronology 119

Bibliography 121

Further Reading 124

Photo Credits 125

Index 126

About the Authors 131

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