(rāăm`sēz), in the Bible, city of the eastern delta of Egypt, built by Hebrew slave labor. It was rebuilt by Ramses II. The Ramses in the books of Genesis and Numbers is the region of the central eastern delta.
Yet after Seti's death and Ramesses' ascendance to the throne, "Exodus'' seems to lessen in scope, turning into a mano-a-mano drama between the stepbrothers Ramesses and Moses, who's exiled after the discovery of his Hebrew birth.
These two signs at the end of the king's name allow the reader to distinguish Ramesses III (Ramessu-heka-Iunu, "Ramesses, ruler of Heliopolis") from the more famous Ramesses II (Ramessu-mery-Amun, "Ramesses, beloved of the god Amun").
Luke Broughton was Carter, Gary Wilson Caernarfon, Michael Boulton Ramesses, the sparkling Lauryn Redding was Maisie and Daniel Thomas was Smears, the museum keeper, who represented the dullness of traditional teaching.
Among the prize exhibits are a colossus of Ramesses II, on its first showing outside the British Museum for 40 years, and a never before displayed sandstone portrait of Queen Nefertiti from the Ashmolean.