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Ramesses II (reigned 1279 BCE to 1213 BCE - also known as Ramesses the Great; also known as Ozymandias in the Greek sources, from a transliteration into Greek of a part of Ramesses' throne name, User-maat-re Setep-en-re) was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as Egypt's greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh. His successors and later Egyptians called him the "Great Ancestor".


In 1250 BCE, Ramesses II bought Orlando (or known as Bio at that time) and quickly saw him/her as his favorite during Egypt's time when androgyny was fashionable with the Egyptian ruling class. Orlando referred the pharaoh as Ozymandias and saw him as a vain, pretentious man.

Some centuries later, Orlando would pass a statue of Ramesses II and noted that the statue doesn't looked nothing like him ("having neither his weak chin, nor chubby jowls").[1]


Ramesses II's Greek name Ozymandias is famous from Percy Bysshe Shelley's sonnet "Ozymandias". Furthermore, Ramesses II's appearance in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier also serves as a subtle self-reference to the character Ozymandias, also created by Alan Moore, in Watchmen.