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The Life and Times of Rameses the Great (Biography from Ancient Civilizations Series)
     

The Life and Times of Rameses the Great (Biography from Ancient Civilizations Series)

by Jim Whiting
 
The Egyptian pharaoh Rameses II is often referred to as Rameses the Great. His reign lasted for 67 years, the second longest in Egypt's 3,000-year history. He had dozens of wives and more than 100 children, outliving many of them. He was a military leader who expanded the borders of his country, bringing decades of peace and prosperity for his people. He ordered huge

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The Egyptian pharaoh Rameses II is often referred to as Rameses the Great. His reign lasted for 67 years, the second longest in Egypt's 3,000-year history. He had dozens of wives and more than 100 children, outliving many of them. He was a military leader who expanded the borders of his country, bringing decades of peace and prosperity for his people. He ordered huge statues of himself to be erected all over Egypt.
Many historians believe that he was the pharaoh of the Exodus, the epic journey that the Jewish people made out of Egypt under the inspired leadership of Moses.
Even after death, he remained important. After his mummy was discovered late in the nineteenth century, it became one of Egypt's main tourist attractions. A military honor guard and important government officials witnessed the mummy when it was flown to Paris in 1976.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Brief biographies of two notable rulers from antiquity. In Nero's case, the information is drawn from existing, if biased, works from the period. On the other hand, what we know about Rameses is almost entirely reconstructed from surviving Egyptian wall carvings and paintings, with their undeniably propagandist purposes. In both books, Whiting aims to strike a balance, pointing out both successes and failures and strengths and weaknesses. The stability of Nero's reign during the years he was most influenced by older advisers and his decisive actions during the great fire of Rome lie alongside his apparent flaws: his desire to take part in artistic and athletic competitions and his penchant for having inconvenient people murdered. Rameses is significantly more laudatory, but also notes a prominent example of "spinning" an event: his involvement in the Battle of Kadesh, officially recorded as a great victory, cannot have been so, as it obviously left his opponents in control of important territory. The scene-setting is a little strained: a recounting of Howard Carter's search for and discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb has little enough to do with Rameses, except for the link Whiting uses-the fame of their mummies. The author clearly knows how to use hooks to keep readers involved-bloody gladiatorial games, potentially dangerous chariot races, the "mummy's curse"-and his breezy writing style is generally appealing. His modern terminology can seem silly at times; by the same token, his quotations from other writers might have been more judiciously selected. Color photographs are generally clear and attractive, though often small. These are not essential purchases, but they are more than acceptable for libraries needing to expand their biography collections.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584153412
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Series:
Biography from Ancient Civilizations: Legends, Folklore, and Stories of Ancient Worlds Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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