Ramses the Great

Ramses the Great had 8 official wives and nearly 100 concubines. He was over 90 years old when he died in 1212 BC.

He is one of the most popular candidates as the Pharaoh of the Exodus.

In 1974 his mummy’s condition was rapidly deteriorating and it was flown to Paris for examination.  Ramses II was issued an Egyptian passport that listed his occupation as “King (deceased)”.  The mummy was received in France with the full military honours appropriate for a king.

Image: Ramesses II in his war chariot charging into battle against the Nubians
By Roderick Dailey (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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