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Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh by Tyldesley - Bookclub

 
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 7:32 pm    Post subject: Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh by Tyldesley - Bookclub Reply with quote

Well here it is our second book Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tyldesley (2000/1), Chapter 1, p.5 wrote:
“In 1817 Percy Bysshe Shelley published ‘Ozymandias’, his poetic impression of the once mighty Ramesses”

Although Shelley clearly disliked Ramesses II, making him a paradigm of the cruel oppressor, the two men were clearly alike in one other important respect:

Tyldesley (2000/1), Chapter 1, p.18 wrote:
“He is without doubt an enthusiastic husband who respects and probably loves his principal wives, and who makes an affectionate father to his scores of children.”

Shelley would have applauded this greatly, much to the annoyance of Mary, the principal wife.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chapter 1:

In the first chapter it is mentioned that Ramses II was known in the countries of Italy and Spain. I never knew the European countries and Egypt were aware of each others existence during this time period. What did Ramses III achieve that made him somewhat comparable to Ramses II? Ramses II was able to restrict and influence the priesthood of Amen. How did he do this?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ImageOfAten wrote:
What did Ramses III achieve that made him somewhat comparable to Ramses II? Ramses II was able to restrict and influence the priesthood of Amen. How did he do this?

I don’t really believe that Ramesses II curbed the power of the priesthood of Amun. I think it was just that, after the Amarna period and the post-Amarna restoration, both sides were more circumspect, and consciously chose not to challenge each other, as it would not have been in their respective interests.

Ramesses III was notable for
1. Curbing the Libyans
2. Chasing away the Sea Peoples
3. An expedition to Punt
4. A lot of building, including an impressive temple at Medinet Habu
5. A relatively long reign in which he dealt more or less successfully with some awkward problems
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