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NewsZahi Hawass Responds to Scientist's Claims About Ramses II's Accomplishments

Zahi Hawass Responds to Scientist’s Claims About Ramses II’s Accomplishments

The Economist magazine cited some of the details contained in the new edition of British scientist and academic Wilkinson’s book, published mid-last month and printed by Yale University Press.

“Despite his vainglory, Ramses seems to have been pragmatic, explains Wilkinson. Showing confidence was an essential part of the job and a political necessity.”

He added: “It is clear that Ramesses II lamented the fact that his biography did not include any clear military victory, and the repetition of the mention of the Battle of Kadesh suggests that an ominous sense of fighting abilities did not been achieved.”

And he returned to the fact that this case “well confirms his political sense, because he succeeded in transforming failure into profit”.

“Sky News Arabia” asked about the veracity of these claims to the famous Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who replied, pointing out that this claim is completely false and unfounded, pointing out that the victory of King Ramses II over the Hittites is what prompted them to seek peace.

Hawass added in his exclusive statements to ‘Sky News Arabia’ that the Battle of Kadesh witnessed a link between the Egyptian and Hittite sides, until Ramses II organized his armies and won many victories over the Hittites.

The Egyptian archaeologist deduced that it was the Hittites who demanded the signing of the peace agreement and came to “Bi Ramses”, the capital of Egypt during the reign of Ramses II, to sign the treaty, which was written in Akkadian and hieroglyphics, and ended a 16-year struggle for influence between the two greatest world powers of the time for control over the lands of the eastern Mediterranean.

Hawass pointed out that there are opinions that say the Egyptian empire was strongest during the reign of Thutmose III, but he believes it reached the height of its power during the reign of Ramesses II, who l ‘described as a great man who built many temples, tombs and statues all over Egypt, as he is considered the greatest builder and owner of victories. Great, first leader of peace.

King Ramses II belongs to the Nineteenth Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, lived for over 90 years and ruled the country for about 66 years.

The halls of the United Nations keep a copper copy of the Peace Treaty of Kadesh, which is the oldest written peace treaty in human history and signed on clay tablets in 1269 BC. between the Hittite King Hattusili III and King Ramses II of Egypt.

These tablets were found in 1906 in central Anatolia, Turkey, the site of the ancient Hittite capital, written in cuneiform script and housed in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum.

The treaty stipulates that both parties commit to eternal friendship, perpetual peace, territorial integrity, non-aggression, extradition and mutual support.

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