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August 24, 2017

Ramses II

I’ve always found mummies to be mystical figures…maybe it’s all about Hollywood and their depiction of mummies, but there is something fascinating about their actual histories…Ramses II was an Egyptian pharaoh who many consider to be the most powerful and greatest of all pharaohs during what is known as The Egyptian Empire…he was the third pharaoh of the nineteenth dynasty which was from 1279-1213 BC…he led many successful military campaigns during his rule…even to this day, there are many monuments in Egypt marking his accomplishments and dedicated to his memory…he lived to be approximately 90 years old and nine other pharaohs took the name of Ramses to honor him…his mummy has been moved several times and now resides in the Cairo Egyptian Museum…in 1974, experts visiting his mummy noticed that it had started to deteriorate, thought to be from air pollution and they wanted to take him to be treated to prevent any further damage…his mummy was sent to France for inspection and his Egyptian passport listed his occupation as "King (deceased)…speaking of famous Egyptians, did you know that Cleopatra was born closer to the opening of the first Pizza Hut restaurant than the construction of the Great Pyramids as most would think? In fact, there is a Pizza Hut located across from the Great Pyramids…the sphinx gazes right at it…there is also a Kentucky Fried Chicken nearby…I find that kind of sad…as sad as when I found out there was a Hard Rock CafĂ© next to Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C…just doesn’t seem right.