Ramses II and the art of narrating history

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Abstract

When we speak about pharaonic Egypt, a structured civilisation based on mythical thought that expressed itself in a profoundly symbolic language, we realise that historical characters, especially royal ones, are not simply interpreters of a narrative. They are par excellence, symbols of that narrative always evoking a multiplicity of senses, which cannot be reduced to only one meaning. But Ramses II (1279-1213 BC), third pharaoh of the 19th dynasty – New Kingdom, given his unusual capability of understanding the importance of memory and given his fine perception of history, surpassed all his ancestors and consecrated himself in time, in history, as a legend and the major symbol of Egyptian civilisation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThinking Symbols
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Studies
EditorsJoanna Popielska-Grzybowska, Jadwiga Iwaszczuk
Place of PublicationPultusk
PublisherPultusk Academy of Humanities
Pages181-191
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-83-7549-311-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThird Interdisciplinary Conference - Thinking Symbols - Pultusk Academy of Humanities, Pultusk, Poland
Duration: 30 Jun 20152 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameACTA ARCHAEOLOGICA PULTUSKIENSIA
VolumeVI

Conference

ConferenceThird Interdisciplinary Conference - Thinking Symbols
CountryPoland
CityPultusk
Period30/06/152/07/15

Keywords

  • Ramses II
  • History
  • Memory

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