posted on Nov, 17 2003 @ 05:53 PM
Is anyone else here familiar with information surrounding Pharaoh Ramses the Great (Ramses II)?
From what I've seen in documentaries or read, he ruled for roughly sixty years, and according to one documentary, led his armies in conquest into his
40s. He eventually died in his 80s, apparently from an absessed cavity in one of his molars, I believe.
Ramses II also is credited by orthodox Egyptologists with the largest amount of construction for any Pharaoh, which is easy to do if you reign for
twice the length of anyone else of course. And in some recent stories, it is believed that he may have been the actual Pharaoh represented in the
story of the Exodus in the Bible. This is supposedly the only major loss his armies ever faced. I say supposedly because we all know that the victors
write the histories. So to say the least, he was an important historical figure.
Now what makes all of this so interesting to me is that you have to consider that it is currently accepted that the average lifespan for a man was 30
years at the time. So in terms of the modern world, imagine someone taking office at the end of the American Civil War era and finally leaving office
due to his death this year, after serving in a prominent military role until the beginning of the 20th century.
All of this makes me wonder about lifespans of the ancients and the claims that the line of Pharaohs were descended from the gods. Someone of such a
very long lifespan, who maintainted control of such a vast area, for the time would have been considered a god, for sure.
So have orthodox Egyptologists unwittingly opened the door to further research into the lifespans of the ancients, which they have downplayed so far?
Was there some supernatural force at work to explain his successes? Was Ramses II simply a feak of nature, a mutation of some sort?
If anyone has any further information, questions, or comments, I'm very interested.