• Ramses II at the DeYoung Museum

    28 days ago - By Chez Namaste Nancy

    In 1817, the English poet Shelley wrote the poem Ozymandias in response to viewing the damaged colossi of Memnon in the British Museum. The title of the colossi “Ozymandias” was a Greek name for the pharaoh Ramses II.
    “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings.” Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair!
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that Colossal Wreck, boundless and bare, The lone and level sands stretch far away...”
    Archaeologists know him from his incessant propaganda (his name is incised on nearly every extant monument throughout Egypt. He never saw a monument that he didn't put...
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