Ramses the Great is discovered in Egypt


The 26-foot tall figure is probably Ramses the Great, the most powerful ruler of ancient Egypt. The quartzite statue was found broken into several pieces in the Matariyyah neighborhood of Cairo by a German-Egyptian archaeological team, first they  discovered the chest before locating its jaw and then eventually its crown. A life-size statue of Seti II, Ramses’ grandson, was also discovered at the site. Ramses is thought to have ruled Egypt for 66 years from 1279BC and vastly extended his empire through a series of military campaigns into modern-day Israel and Sudan.


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