Ramesses : Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh Paperback
Everyone has heard of Ramesses the Great - but what is the truth behind the legend?
Joyce Tyldesley's lively book explores the life and times of Egypt's greatest king.
Ramesses II was the archetypal Egyptian pharoah: a mighty warrior, an extravagant builder and the father of scores of children.
His momuments and image were to be found in every corner of the Egyptian empire.
This is his amazing story.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, 16pp b&w line drawings
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 26/04/2001
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780140280975
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Review by shanaqui
A clear and well-written account of the life and reign of Ramesses, one of the most famous Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. I didn't know much about him beyond the fact that he is often hypothesised to be the Pharaoh of Egypt during Moses' Exodus, and that a lot of the monuments and colossi and so on were his.<br/><br/>She didn't try so much to get an idea of his person as some of the stuff I've been reading about Akhenaten and Tutankhamen does: instead Joyce Tyldesley elucidates the kind of Pharaoh he wanted people to believe he was (and why), and how he went about it. Consequently it can be a bit of a parade of facts: he built such and such a temple, appropriated such and such a monument, restored such and such a building. But it's still fascinating, and there's sections on the reigns that came before and after his, too.