‎The Ancients

One of the greatest Pharaohs from Ancient Egypt, Ramesses II is renowned for commissioning some of the most iconic architecture and art from ancient Egypt. But not only was he a great builder and commissioner, he’s responsible for the first recorded peace treaty in history, the first recorded diplomatic marriage in history, and a number of monumental victories. So who was Ramesses II – and why is his legacy so enduring?

In today’s episode, Tristan is joined by Dr Peter Brand from University of Toronto, to dive into the long reign of Egypt’s greatest Pharaoh. Looking at his childhood, marriages, and legacy – what do we actually know about Ramesses the Great, and what made him so extraordinary?

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