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Ramses II, or Ramesses II, ruled Egypt during 13th century B.C. and is regarded by many as the most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire due to which he is also known as Ramses the Great.
Born around 1303 BC, Ramses II was the son of Pharaoh Seti I and his wife Queen Tuya.
In 1275 BC, Ramses II started a military campaign to recover the lost provinces in the north. The last battle of this campaign was the famous Battle of Kadesh fought against the Hittite Empire under Muwatalli II at the city of Kadesh in 1274 BC, the fifth regnal year of Ramses II.
When the Egyptian army was around 11km from Kadesh, Ramses II was informed that the Hittite army was far away at Aleppo. The main Hittite army was in fact concealed behind the city. Caught in an ambush, vastly outnumbered and with death staring at his face, Ramses II personally led a counterattack to drive the Hittite away from the Egyptian camp.
Numerous monuments were constructed during the reign of Ramses II including Abu Simbel, a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari; and the mortuary temple Ramesseum, a place of worship dedicated to the pharaoh.
I, Ramses II had more than 200 wives and concubines. His favourite queen was most likely his first Royal Wife Nefertari.
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