AL Kennedy on national mourning after the death of the Queen - culture

Guest post by AL Kennedy

Pharaoh Ramses II ruled Egypt for more than 60 years, during a time when average life expectancy was about half what it is today. Ramses was a god, a king, a symbol of national power, an image and a name to be seen everywhere and worshiped by the masses. His loss was a psychological shock and triggered panic on various levels. But Ramses ruled more than three millennia ago, in a time of inbred, deified rulers who lived in a luxury bubble of superfluous duty, unjustified privilege, grandiose monuments, and undemocratic power. Great Britain could hardly have less in common with a sandy place so far away, and with an era so long ago.

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