The Lost City of Ramses II Series Premiere, 14 April 2024, Sky History

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In the first episode of The Lost City of Ramses II, premiering on Sky History on Sunday 14 April, viewers are taken on an archaeological journey as Professor Henning Franzmeier and his team undertake excavations in Pi-Ramses, seeking to uncover the truth about the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II’s lost city.

Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, was one of the most influential pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. He constructed the city of Pi-Ramses as a way to consolidate power and showcase his ambition. The city, located in the Delta region, was considered the greatest in Egypt during his reign, rivalling even Thebes.

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The programme delves into the history of Pi-Ramses, exploring its association with the older city of Avaris, which had been the capital of the Hyksos before they were defeated and driven out by Ahmose I. By linking his new city with Avaris, Ramses II made a clever choice, capitalising on the legendary status of the former capital.

The episode follows Franzmeier and his team as they uncover a splendid palace and treasure room within the city walls. Through their excavations, they aim to reveal the true history of this lost city, shedding light on the grandeur and strategic importance of Pi-Ramses during Ramses II’s reign.

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The Lost City of Ramses II takes viewers on a journey back in time, offering insights into the life and legacy of one of Ancient Egypt’s most renowned rulers.

The Lost City of Ramses II airs on Sky History at 9:00 pm on Sunday, 14 April 2024.

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