How Long Did Ramses II Rule?


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Ramses II ruled Egypt for 66 years and 2 months, according to contemporary sources. He was the pharaoh of Egypt between 1279 and 1213 B.C.

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Often called Ramses the Great, Ramses II was one of the longest reigning monarchs in history. He became pharaoh at the age of 25 and was the third ruler of the 19th dynasty. Ramses II is well-known for the victory in the Battle of Kadesh against the Hittites and for founding the city of Pi-Ramesse in the eastern Delta of the Nile, which became his capital. He also led several expeditions into the Levant and Nubia, reasserting Egyptian rule in these territories.

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