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Egypt extracts torso of 'Pharaoh Ramses II' statue from mud

The torso of a huge statue, possibly 3,000 years old, has been lifted from the ground in Egypt. It could depict a famous pharaoh. The statue's giant head and other fragments were extracted from the same site last week.
The relics were found in the north-east of Cairo, close to the temple of Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, and experts believe it may represent him.

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Rameses II (The Great) became pharaoh of Ancient Egypt in 1279 BC
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Ozymandias.

 

    I met a Traveller from an antique land, 

    Who said, "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone 

    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, 

    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, 

    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, 

    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read, 

    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, 

    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed: 

    And on the pedestal these words appear: 

    "My name is OZYMANDIAS, King of Kings." 

    Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair! 

    No thing beside remains. Round the decay 

    Of that Colossal Wreck, boundless and bare, 

    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

 

 Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

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Ramesses II was once said to have lived to be 99 years old, but it is more likely that he died in his 90th or 91st year. If he became Pharaoh in 1279 BCE as most Egyptologists today believe, he would have assumed the throne on May 31, 1279 BC, based on his known accession date of III Shemu day 27.
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