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Ramesses III: King of Egypt

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Lecture by Professor Aidan Dodson

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Often called ‘the last great pharaoh’, Rameses III lived at a crucial moment for the history of the eastern Mediterranean. The early 12th century BC saw the collapse of many of the Bronze Age civilizations of the region, and a population movement that was only stopped by Rameses in his campaign against the so-called ‘Sea Peoples’. But although he had saved Egypt from the fate of Hittite and other empires, and was a significant builder, Egypt was herself in decline, with his last years clouded by economic woes, culminating in the king’s own assassination.

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Professor Aidan Dodson has taught at the University of Bristol since 1996, becoming honorary Professor of Egyptology in 2018. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, he received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1995, was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003, served as Chair of Trustees of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2011 to 2016, and was Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo for the Spring of 2013. Aidan is the author of 25 books and over 400 articles and reviews, and his book on Rameses III was published by the American University in Cairo Press in 2019.

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