Ancient Egypt: The Rule Of Ramses

Written by Gary Wonning

photo of the three pyramids of Giza at sunrise

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

The Rule of Ramses

Following the traditions of most pharaohs, Ramses improved the temples at Karnak and Luxor. He finished many projects his father had started, as well as starting many more of his own. His lust for beauty and power drove the Egyptians heavily into debt and thus the country suffered extreme hardships because of this.

Being a powerful ruler with an army of over 100,000, and in an effort to reclaim Africa and Western Asia for Egypt he attacked his neighbors, the Nubian’s, Syrians and Hittites many times, with the most famous campaign being the battle of Kaddish.

Living to the ripe old age of ninety, the last decades of his life he spent suffering from arthritis and he walked with a hunched back. His teeth were continuously infected and much evidence points to his teeth as being the cause of death. Being a redhead his family was associated with the God Seth, the slayer of Osiris. Ramses II’s father, Seti I, means “follower of Seth”

His tomb, located in the Valley of Kings was found empty and had been continuously looted over the years. It is now slowly being restored and in time will be completely renovated. Because of security reasons, his mummy has been moved several times and is one of the best preserved ever found.

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Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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