Category: ramesses ii

Relief depicting king Ramesses II pouring liba…

Relief depicting king Ramesses II pouring libation to the goddess Sekhmet on the left, and making an offering of incense to the god Ptah on the right. Mythological scene from the south wall of the Karnak Temple Complex.

Osiride figures of Ramesses II flanking the …

Osiride figures of Ramesses II flanking the walls of the Second Court of his Mortuary Temple, The Ramesseum, West Thebes.

Relief depicting the lioness-headed goddess …

Relief depicting the lioness-headed goddess Tefnut presenting Ramesses II to an enthroned Amun, who gives him an ankh, from the Great Hypostyle Hall of the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses II (The Ramesseum). West Thebes.

Ostracon depicting king Ramesses II on his cha…

Ostracon depicting king Ramesses II on his chariot and slaying enemy prisoners (limestone). Reportedly from Deir el-Medina. New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1279-1213 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo: W. Buss 

Cranes lift the face of a statue from the Abu …

Cranes lift the face of a statue from the Abu Simbel Temples in Egypt, 1966. Photograph by Georg Gerster / National Geographic

Cranes lift the face of a statue from the Abu …

Cranes lift the face of a statue from the Abu Simbel Temples in Egypt, 1966. Photograph by Georg Gerster / National Geographic

Gateway of the Temple of Luxor, Thebes

Gateway of the Temple of Luxor, Thebes

Photograph by Francis Bedford (English, 1816-1894)

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Aerial view of the Ramesseum or Mortuary Templ…

Aerial view of the Ramesseum or Mortuary Temple of Pharaoh Ramesses II on the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor, 13th century BC.

“The three-thousand-year-old rock-cut temples …

“The three-thousand-year-old rock-cut temples at Abu Simbel and the story of their rescue from the rising waters of Lake Nasser in the 1960s are almost as familiar worldwide as the tale of the gold funerary mask and brief life of the boy king Tutankhamun. Yet although they remain among the most celebrated, visited, and photographed archaeological sites in the world, the lower Nubian temples―from Philae in the north to Abu Simbel in the South―are some of the least understood by the visitor.
In this lucidly written, beautifully illustrated book, Nigel Fletcher-Jones places the temples in their historical context, telling the story of the discovery of the Abu Simbel temples, and why and how they were moved, explaining what the Nubian temples teach us about ancient Egypt, which gods and goddesses were worshiped there, and the place of Ramesses II in the long line of ancient Egyptian kings and queens.
With over 80 photographs, diagrams, and maps, and packed with fascinating insights, Abu Simbel and the Nubian Temples is an ideal introduction to one of the world’s great regions of archaeological splendor.”

― Abu Simbel and the Nubian Temples, by Nigel Fletcher-Jones (AUC Press)

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Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphs …

Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphs exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II. Place de la Concorde, Paris.