Ramesses II storming the Hittite fortress of Dapur. The Battle of Kadesh in his fifth regnal year was the climactic engagement in a campaign that Ramesses fought in Syria, against the resurgent Hittite forces of Muwatallis.The pharaoh wanted a victory at Kadesh both to expand Egypt's frontiers into Syria and to emulate his father Seti I's triumphal entry into the city just a decade or so earlier.
Ramesses the Second, also known as Ramesses the Great, was born within the 19th Dynasty in 1303 and was one of the most significant pharaohs of Egypt. His father Seti I, governed the empire for around eleven to fifteen years until Ramesses came to power in 1279 at the age of twenty-five. Reigning for sixty-seven years Ramesses became recognised for the vast amount of colossal structures built.
Ramesses II earnt himself the title of 'The Great Pharaoh' through his building of many monuments, temples and colossal statues. He was a prolific builder, and erected more buildings and colossal statues than any other Egyptian king. It was a role that he prided himself in very greatly, apary from that of being a warrior Pharaoh. with his reign lasting over 60 years he had more time to devote.
S on of Ramesses II and one of his wives, maybe queen Isetnofret. His name spells differently like his great grandfather. First Officer of his father. Present during the triumph after the battle of Qadesh, and the siege of the Syrian city of Dapur in year 10. He probably died before regnal year 30. Buried in KV5, where two of his canopic jars were found. His tomb was inspected in year 53.
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Within a short time, Kadesh once again became part of the Hittite Empire, and Ramesses II would have to make another failed bid to claim it for Egypt. Seti I attacks the town of Kadesh in Syria Despite these military setbacks, the pharaohs of the New Kingdom should be given credit for their accomplishments.
Less well recorded than his son, Ramesses II's later campaign at Kadesh, Seti I's earlier campaign against this city state may, however, have been more successful. Again, Seti I records this battle on the exterior north wall of the Hypostyle hall in the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Here, situated between two towers of the fortress located on a hill surrounded by various plants is the inscription.
Relief was at hand, when the second army that had traveled by boat, arrived and fought of the now disorganized Hittite forces. The enemy withdrew and took to Kadesh. Ramesses gathered his armies, and returned to Egypt, where he declared the clash a victorious battle, adorning walls of all major temples with valiant scenes from the conflict.