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I chose to research on the Statue of Ramesses II because this single statue which is placedin the British Museum is entitled to an entire Egyptian history, their culture, religious beliefs and ethnicity. It is beyond fascinating and overwhelming to discover something that was very influential and philosophical of a huge part of an ancient Egypt. Statue of Ramesses II is one of ancient Egypt’s largely legendary and successful pharaohs. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, believes the achievements of Ramesses II as a leader who built tombstone everywhere in Egypt. MacGregor describes that Ramesses II was inspiring to many potential pharaohs and was respected as a God more than a thousand years. In the chapter, he portrays how the image of the imperial Egypt was defined by the statue and also discusses about creating monumental work of art. MacGregor shared this thought as: “For me as a sculptor the acceptance of the material as a means of conveying the relationship between human-lived biological time and the aeons of geological time us an essential condition of the waiting quality of sculpture. Sculptures persist, endure, and life dies. And all Egyptian sculpture in some senses has this dialogue with death, with that which lies on the other side. There is something very humbling, a celebration of what people can do together, because that is the other extraordinary thing about Egyptian architecture and sculpture, which were engaged upon by vast numbers of people, and which were a collective act of celebration of what they were able to achieve.”(MacGregor, 107)Ramses was one of the supreme pharaohs of all times who was born in 1304 B.C. He wasalso known as the Justice of ray means powerful. He was very knowledgeable about his kingdomfrom the very early age. He was given the responsibility and was inherited the throne at the age Naima Koli #1001910612
of 24. Before becoming the Pharaoh he was identified as courageous warrior and was very trustworthy by the people of the kingdom. The young Pharaoh was continuously building temples and monuments with his power and treasure honoring the Egypt God, his father and himself. Two of the temple of Nubia that he constructed was engraved with four colossal statues of the kings at Abu Simbel were well knownfor their magnificence. Most of his monuments were very strongly structured with his name engraved profoundly that the successor would not be able to eradicate it easily.

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