Is the collosal statue found in Cairo of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th century BC?
An amazing discovery has recently been made in a Cairo slum of what archaeologists believe to be a statue of the revered Pharoh Ramses II, a pharaoh who ruled Egypt in 13th century BC. The 26-foot statue was found submerged in groundwater by archaeologists from Egypt and Germany. Pharaoh Ramses II ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, and the discovery is being hailed by Egyptís antiquities ministry as one of the most important ever. The amazing discovery was made near the ruins of Ramses IIís temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis, which is The statue is the colossus of a king and is made out of quartzite.
The Pharaoh, who is also known as the Great or Ozymandias or Ramses, was known to be the third of the 19th dynasty of Egypt and ruled for 66 years, from 1279BC to 1213BC. Ramses the Great led several military expeditions and helped to expand the Egyptian empire which stretched from Syria in the east to Nubia in the south. The Pharaoh's successors called him the Great Ancestor. The archaeologists found the bust of the statue and the lower part of the head, and when they removed the head, they found the crown and the right ear and a fragment of the right eye. On Thursday the archaeologists, residents, officials and news media looked on as a large forklift pulled the statueís head out of the water. The joint Egyptian-German archaeology expedition also found the upper part of a life-sized limestone statue of Pharaoh Seti II, who was Ramses IIís grandson. The statue measures 2.5 feet in length. The sun temple located in Heliopolis was founded by Ramses II, which make it likely that the statue is of him. When it comes to news about famous people this an amazing glimpse into the past.
Ramesses II also known as Ramses was born in 1303 BC and died in July or August of 1213 BC. The Pharaoh reigned from 1279 to 1213 BC and was also known as Ramesses the Great. Ramesses II was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt. The Pharaoh is often regarded as the greatest, most powerful, and most celebrated pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire. Ramesses successors and later Egyptians also called him the Great Ancestor. Ramesses II led several military expeditions into the Levant, successfully reasserting Egyptian control over Canaan. He also led expeditions into the South, into Nubia, and commemorated in inscriptions at Beit el-Wali and Gerf Hussein. At the age of fourteen, Ramesses II was appointed Prince Regent by his father Seti I. The Pharaoh is thought to have taken the Egyptian throne in his late teens and ruled Egypt from 1279 BC to 1213 BC. Ramesses II had a reign of 66 years and two months as most Egyptologists believe he assumed the throne on May 31, 1279BC, based on his known accession date of III Shemu day 27. Estimates of the Pharaoh's age when he died vary at 90 or 91. Ramesses II celebrated an unprecedented 14 sed festivals with the first festival being held thirty years after a pharaoh's reign, and then every three years after that during his reign. This is more than any other pharaoh. On Ramesses II death, he was buried in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and the Pharaoh's body later being moved to a royal cache where it was later discovered in 1881 and is now on display in the Cairo Museum.
This is just one of the trending topics you will find on The Guardian site. The site has plenty of interesting topics from world, sport, culture, business, lifestyle, fashion, today's top celebrity news, tech, celebrity rumors and so much more. **
Learn MORE at The Guardian
To help with slow website load, we have put all photos for this article here: View photo gallery.