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Definition: Name of 11 New Kingdom pharaohs. Ramses I was the first king of the 19th Dynasty. He was a soldier who worked his way up to general and then king. He served only a year. His grandson, Ramses II, lived to be 96 years old, had 200 wives, 96 sons and 60 daughters. He was king for 66 years, outliving 13 of his heirs. He won many famous battles and built many famous buildings. His beautiful wife was Nefertari (not be confused with Nefertiti, wife of Akhenaten). Ramses II was the first monarch to sign a treaty with another. In 1284 B.C., he signed a treaty with the Hittite king Hattusili III. Each civilization agreed not to attack the other and to defend the other if attacked by a third civilization.

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