Around 1280 BC. AD, on the death of his father Seti 1st, Ramses II, around the age of 25, became the third pharaoh of the 19th dynasty. This formidable warrior, peacemaker, prodigious entrepreneur, master in the art of self-proclaimation, husband of at least eight wives and father of more than 100 children, will reign over Egypt for nearly 67 years.
Revered as a god throughout his life, Ramesses ushered in a new golden age of peace and prosperity. Over time, his legend spread and the name of Ramses the Great became synonymous with the power and glory of ancient Egypt.