Moses, Ramses and Seti
Information & Facts about the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille movie "The Ten Commandments"
The 1956 Cecil B. DeMille movie "The Ten Commandments"
Anyone who has seen the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille movie "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston as Moses, Yul Brynner as Ramses II and Cedric Hardwicke as Seti will try to relate the story to fact. However, the movie takes some facts with some fiction and mixes them together to arrive at the story depicted in the film. Which confuses the life out of anyone who is studying Ancient Egyptian history!
Who were the Pharaohs Seti I and Ramses the Great?
"The Ten Commandments" movie portrays the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs Seti I and Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great. Fact or Fiction?
- Seti I was the second pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty in the Ancient Egyptian period referred to as the New Kingdom
- Seti I ruled between 1290 BC – 1279 BC
- Ramses the Great succeeded Seti I to the throne and was therefore the third Pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty in the New Kingdom
- Ramses the Great ruled between 1279 BC – 1213 BC
- These two Pharaohs featured strongly in the movie "The Ten Commandments"
- But who was Moses?
Who was Moses?
Who was Moses? What elements of this story relate to Egyptian facts and the myths from Ancient Egyptian religion?
Moses was portrayed as being brought up in the royal family but then he is cast out
- No person fits this situation in the royal court of Seti. However, there was a Prince Tuthmose, the eldest son of pharaoh Amenhotep III, who mysteriously disappears from all records. Could he have been the factual origin of the Biblical character Moses?
- The name of this prince - Thutmose - is very similar to Moses
The religion of Ancient Egypt was a polytheistic religion (with many gods). There was just one short period of monotheism (the worship of one god), during the reign of Akhenaten - who became known as the Heretic Pharaoh.
- Akhenaten was the second son of pharaoh Amenhotep III, the younger brother of Prince Thutmose
- Some have even claimed that Moses was in fact Akhenaten, others that Moses was a follower of the god Aten
In the "The Ten Commandments" movie Moses is portrayed as the son of the sister of the Pharaoh Seti who was found in the bulrushes.
- In the creation myth, or Cosmogony, Isis hides her son Horus in the marshes, raising him in secret until he is strong enough to challenge the evil god Set
- In the movie Moses is hidden in the bulrushes and eventually challenges Pharaoh
The 10 plagues visited upon Egypt
- The Egyptian Ipuwer papyrus, which dates back to the much earlier Old Kingdom period, describes a series of calamities befalling Egypt, including a river turned to blood. Could this document be interpreted as an Egyptian account of the Plagues of Egypt?
The Ten Commandments are given to Moses by God.
- The Ten Commandments are similar in content to the 'Declaration of Innocence', Spell 125 in the Book of the Dead, which consists of denials such as "I have not killed, I have not robbed and I have not lied" which are found in the Book of the Dead
The answer to the question who was Moses is clearly open to speculation, but never the less, an extremely interesting subject to debate.
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