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The Magnificence of Ramses II The history of Ancient Egypt consisted of a number of very powerful rulers known as pharahs These pharaohs were regarded as gods by the Egyptian people Every aspect of daily Egyptian life including the weather and the success of the crops was supposedly controlled by the pharaohs attitude Many Egyptians would devote their entire lives to the construction of the tomb for their pharaoh Egyptians believed that by helping the pharaoh they were securing their own place in the afterlife All of the information that is known about each pharaoh was obtained from what is depicted on the walls of the various structures and tombs The reign of Ramses II was one of the longest and most prolific reigns in Egyptian history Trends set by him in architecture and relations with religious leaders paved the way for future pharaohs Ramses II was the third king of the nineteenth dynasty and the son of Seti I Seti took great care in the education of Ramses He educated him both as a sportsman and a warrior but also included lessons in history politics and religious practices Seti made sure Ramses was constantly surrounded by beautiful ladies in waiting and possibly had a wife chosen for him very early in life Ramses eventually had five or six wives the foremost being Neferatri and possibly over one hundred children Montet 164 Ramses reigned for sixty-seven years and outlived twelve of his sons He died at the age of ninety and his thirteenth son Merenptah who was in his sixties became a pharaoh Time-Life Immediately following the death of Seti I Ramses began a massive restoration project on his fathers building projects which had been abandoned The first of these projects was the expansion of Setis summer palace and ancestral home at Avaris in the Nile Delta into an entirely new capital city Time-Life
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