Doorjamb Block of Ramesses II
This limestone doorjamb block bears the name of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II. The name of the pharaoh is written inside cartouche, the royal name-ring, with the sun-disc above, and the hieroglyph for "gold," the symbol of eternity, below...
Ancient Egyptian Science & Technology
The great temples and monuments of ancient Egypt continue to fascinate and amaze people in the modern day. The sheer size and scope of structures like the Great Pyramid at Giza or the Temple of Amun at Karnak or the Colossi of Memnon are...
Social Structure in Ancient Egypt
The society of ancient Egypt was strictly divided into a hierarchy with the king at the top and then his vizier, the members of his court, priests and scribes, regional governors (eventually called 'nomarchs'), the generals of the military...
A tomb painting depicting Ramesses III (1186-1155 BCE) offering incense. 12th century BCE.
Ancient Egyptian Government
The government of ancient Egypt was a theocratic monarchy as the king ruled by a mandate from the gods, initially was seen as an intermediary between human beings and the divine, and was supposed to represent the gods' will through the laws...
Ramesses II at The Battle of Kadesh
In 1274 BCE, Ramesses II (The Great) of Egypt led his forces against the Hittite army, under King Muwatalli II, at The Battle of Kadesh. Both sides claimed victory and the conflict resulted in the world's first peace treaty, The Treaty of...
Ramesses II Statue
Upper part of a seated granite statue of Ramesses II of Egypt (c. 1270 BCE). It was found in the pharaoh's mortuary temple in the Ramesseum in western Thebes. The granite is naturally two-coloured: The darker bottom colour was deliberately...
Amun, Ramesses II, & Mut
A granite monument depicting the god Amun, Ramesses II, and the goddess Mut. Dynasty XIX, 1279-1213 BCE. Temple of Amun, Thebes. (Egyptian Museum, Turin, Italy)
Ramesses II, Abu Simbel
Four colossal statues of Ramesses II flank the entrance of his temple Abu Simbel.
Ramesses II Seated Statue, Thebes
A statue of a seated Ramesses II. He holds the royal sceptre and wears the khepresh war helmet. From the Temple of Amun, Thebes. Dynasty XIX, 1279-1213 BCE. (Egyptian Museum, Turin)