A statue of Ramesses the Great flanks the entrance of Luxor Temple. The hieroglyphs and cartouches have been carved deep into the eternal stone.
Ramesside authority was absolute during his reign (1279–1213 BC) and he led many military campaigns into the Levant. His long sword reached Canaan and Egypt regained control throughout this region.
During his reign, it is estimated that the Egyptian army consisted of around 100,000 men. A ginormous figure that made Egypt look invincible to their enemies.
He is believed to have taken the throne in his late teens when his father, Seti I died.
Ramesses II celebrated an unprecedented thirteen or fourteen Sed festivals (the first held after 30 years of a pharaoh's reign, and then, every three years) during his reign - more than any other pharaoh.
When he died he was buried in a splendid tomb in the Valley of the Kings. His mummy was found in 1881 and is now on display in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.