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Ramesses IIs great inscription at Abydos is one of those ancient Egyptian texts that present to the reader a complex series of motifs and literary approaches, many of which appear as independent units that could stand by themselves. This chapter provides a unified approach in order to tackle the interwoven motifs and concepts of the inscription as well as various historical facets that are independent of the narrative. The location of the Dedicatory Inscription has been discussed with great pertinence by Kitchen. On the north side there is a famous scene of the young Ramesses II receiving his names and titles with the famous Ished tree, the latter especially associated with Osiris. The Hittite Marriage of Ramesses II with a daughter of Hattusilis III of Hatti was of great significance to Ramesses.

Keywords: Dedicatory Inscription; Hittite Marriage; Ished tree; Kitchen; Osiris; Ramesses II

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