After being on display in the Museum of Cairo for several decades, a popular mummy was looking a little rough around the edges. In 1974, it was decided to send the body off to a laboratory in Paris for refurbishment, and especially great care was taken to ensure a safe transport.
See, this wasn’t just any old mummy; it was the remains of Ramesses II, better known as Ramesses the Great. Born in 1303 BCE, the 3rd Emperor of the 19th Dynasty is “often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire.” (Source)
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That’s why, when it came to putting Ramesses’ body on an airplane, the Egyptian government found it undignified classifying one of the country’s most historical figures as “luggage”. It was decided, then, to grant Ramesses the Great an official passport, complete with a photographic portrait. They even sent a military attaché to accompany the lauded pharaoh to his destination.
This and other bizarre facts are explored in a recent video from Top Tenz: Just How Crazy Were Egyptian Pharaohs? Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: Like many rulers from the time before we had running water and microwaves, the pharaohs of Egypt were considered to be only rivaled in power by the gods their people worshipped. Considering the ancient Egyptians worshipped a god with a crocodile for a head, they must have thought their pharaohs were pretty boss. So boss in fact that they let them get away with some pretty ridiculous things during their time in power, for example, let’s talk about that time…