Who is the most famous pharaoh?
Everyone knows Tutankhamun, it seems, simply because his tomb was discovered a hundred years ago and found mostly undisturbed. He was just a boy when he was King and died young and unaccomplished. Cleopatra is also famous — primarily for her famous lovers, and for being the last Pharaoh. But the most famous in his day and age? The greatest? The one who ‘made Egypt great again’? Ramesses II
As a sign of ultimate respect, they wrote on the passport, underneath profession: ‘King (deceased)’.
By Jean-Marie Valheur