Image: A quartzite
colossus, possibly of Ramses II, has been discovered at the ancient Heliopolis
archaeological site in Cairo. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Archaeologists in Cairo have discovered an ancient statue, believed
to depict Ramses II, submerged in mud.
What’s bookish about this story? Well, blogger
Camila Domonoske couldn’t
help but note, “The discovery of a forgotten, submerged statue of Ramses II
brings to mind one of the most famous poems in English literature – albeit
substituting muck for desert sands.”
Yup, Ramses II was also known as Ozymandias, a name you may
know from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s famous sonnet:
I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—"Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert… . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed; And on the pedestal, these words appear: 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.
Here she is! My finished Samurai Jack oc. Seeing as the show has characters based on different cultures/time periods, I decided to give her an ancient Egyptian theme. Her name is Layla, she’s a bounty hunter who travels the world with her companion Ramses the cat. I haven’t completely decided on her backstory, but her homeland was destroyed by Aku and she definitely meets Jack at some point in her journeys. I’ll probably write more stuff later!
For a long time I considered this character belonging in a moral grey area, but I realized recently that isn’t exactly true. But it stands as a testament to how complex and brilliantly crafted he is; the Pharaoh Ramses in Dreamworks’ adaptation of the bible book Exodus, The Prince of Egypt.
I’m not particularly religious, but in works and such like the Ten Commandments film, I’ve seen the Pharaoh commonly portrayed as a dense and downright sinister man. It’s easy to fall into that trap, considering the narrative and all, but Dreamworks really put a ton of extra work into making Ramses feel like a real person. After all, it is true that Moses was once an Egyptian prince, it’s reasonable to believe they’d know each other, and maybe even be friends.