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The Mysteries of Egypt: Ramesses II

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There was no more glorious Egyptian ruler than Ramesses II, the third king of the 19th dynasty who earned the epithet "Great." A warrior-king who knew the importance of peace, Ramesses II was one of Egypt's most prolific builders - the breathtaking temples at Karnak and Luxor are testimonies to his reign.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000LP6KVW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,656 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There is no foreshadowing, but late in the work the narrator speculates that Ramesses may be the pharaoh that Moses challenged. Thus, Christian viewers may find this work particularly useful.

I usually don't care for reenactments. However, because I love Ancient Egyptian fans and mascara and artwork, all the reenactments here didn't bother me as they do in most documentaries. Plus, you could tell that the actors loved imitating these ancestors. Still, at times the script is threadbare, so the reenactments eat up a lot of time. They show harem dancers performing for about two minutes and it really does nothing but provide eye candy for modern viewers.

Too often, documentaries overly focus on gods and royalty and forget the common people. This work mentions peasants and farmers before it moves on to the pharaoh. The documentary had white and Arab scholars interviewed, however, there were no women interviewed. The work does try to speak about Ramesses' favorite wife Nefertari, to provide some type of gender inclusion.

I am so used to hearing that empires conquer all with whom they come into contact. Think of Caesar's "We came, we saw, we conquered." Here, however, the work says Egypt came to a treaty with the Hittites. Egyptian records list Ramesses as victorious, but Syrian records disagree with that. I appreciate that this work doesn't suggest all rulers don't face losses and that some ancient history may be skewed propaganda.
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