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Statue of Ramesses II (audio)
The huge statue was brought to the UK by Belzoni in the nineteenth century. There is a comprehensive biography of Ramesses II and his triumphant 66 year reign. Sculptor Anthony Gormley explains the mammoth task of constructing such a monumental statue. The statue also had an important role as propaganda and in control of the masses. Neil MacGregor concludes by relating the statue’s narrow escape from destruction during the Napoleonic era and highlights its role in inspiring Shelley to write his poem Ozymandias. This clip was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of the ‘History of the World in 100 Objects’ series. Please note this is an audio clip and only available in Flash.
Excellent introduction for anyone studying Ramesses II. Also useful for information on propaganda. Some information on early stone-working techniques. Images of the object and further information, including a full transcription of the programme, can be found on the programme page: bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/JYYDgb09RdeymolMiKpNgg.
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