By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 31, 2022) – In Issue 2022-097 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn some Egyptian history from the times of BC – not the comic strip.

The Greatest of All

The greatest all pharaohs of the New Kingdom, that is.  He ascended to become Pharaoh of Egypt 3031 years ago today, in 1279 BC.  He is Ramseys II (Ramesses II according to some).

He was 26 years old at the time and ruled for 65 years.

He built many cities, monuments, and places of worship.  Great Temple of Abu Simbel at Luxor is one of these – one of the most iconic mega constructions with 66 feet high statues.  This monument was moved piece by piece in 1967 to higher ground to avoid flooding from the lake created by the erection of the Aswan Dam.

Ramses II also was a warrior, extending the reach of Egypt both north to control Canaan and Phoenicia and south to Nubia.

Here is a slightly different map of Egypt, with north oriented to the left by Blaeu from 1650.

Map of Egypt – 1650 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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