Bullying in Ancient Egypt


The Temple of Rameses II at Abu Simbel
The Temple of Rameses II at Abu Simbel

Ramses II had a good ride as Pharaoh from 1279 BC until 1213 BC. He lorded it over Egypt during the early 19th Dynasty round about the middle of the New Kingdom, centred in Thebes (now Luxor). Evidence proliferates: huge colossi built in his honour and the magnificent temples to him and his favourite queen, Nefertare, at Abu Simbel. Building monuments to Himself was doubtless his greatest achievement.

Colossus of Rameses II near Memphis
Colossus of Rameses II near Memphis

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Ramses thought so much of himself that he had his masons obliterate the cartouches of his predecessors at Karnak by engraving his exaggeratedly bold cartouche on top.

Percy Bysse Shelley’s poem, Ozymamdias, was inspired by a large bust of Ramses II in the British Museum.

Leg of Rameses II at Abu Simbel close up, the 19th century graffiti betraying the lack of European respect for ancient sculpture
Leg of Rameses II at Abu Simbel close up, the 19th century graffiti betraying the lack of European respect for ancient sculpture
Temple of Nefertare shows the Queen almost as large as Rameses II
Temple of Nefertare shows the Queen almost as large as Rameses II

Compare the relative size of the female to the male in the last two photos. The fact that Queen Nefertare was shown in the same scale as the Pharaoh was a very rare occurrence, showing the enormous love and respect Rameses had for her.

By the way, the intense blue sky in these photos was created by using a good polarizing filter on my old Konica-Minolta Maxxum 5D.

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Author: mytiturk

Travelbug Minstrel: Strum for my supper, croon for my cuppa Search for a sign, write for my whine

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