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Ramesses the Great reigned from 1279-1212 BCE employing traditional propagation techniques to contribute to the development of a cult of personality stemming from his obsession with self-promotion The cult of personality emerged from the projected representations of the ultimate Pharaoh as being a warrior associated with the Gods and a great authoritative figure to be commemorated in Egyptian history Ramesses the Greats maintenance of power from 1279-1212 BCE was significantly reliant on the cult of personality he developed through the use of propaganda related to his accomplishments and control of the military religion and authority Ramesses used propaganda to signify his supremacy eminence as a warrior to indicate his spiritual devotion and association with the Gods to ascertain his authoritative status as the father of EgyptRamesses the Great manipulated propaganda after the Battle of Kadesh to signify his supremacy and eminence as a warrior In 1247 BCE Ramesses fought against the Hittites in Kadesh and upon an unspectacular victory he ordered scribes to exaggerate and falsify details of battle The use of propaganda by Ramesses after the battle of Kadesh has been historically recognised by Professor Ian Langdon from the University of Toronto who categorically states Ramesses II was infamous for his use of propaganda throughout his reign Tyldesley 2001Inscriptions at the temple of Luxor evidence this propaganda providing a florid version of the conflict claiming that the Hittites were submissive to Egyptian forces and it was an ambitious triumph Redford 1971 One depiction in the temple of Luxor see appendix 1 portrays Ramesses with a strong stance upon a chariot with the support of the Egyptian army The pharaoh is leading the legion to victory as he is shown dominating the battlefield The dedications at the temple of Luxor were overseen by Ramesses and constructed a representation of the young Pharaoh as a fearless warrior The representation of the warrior is a central element of the cult of personality created by Ramesses As
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