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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Feb 2012 5:04 a.m. PST

A recent book proclaims Tuthmoses III as Egypt's greatest "military king."

Who would you select as the greatest pharoah of them all?

Sane Max22 Feb 2012 5:10 a.m. PST

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For the win.


Plynkes22 Feb 2012 5:12 a.m. PST

Alexander? Trajan? Marcus Aurelius?

skippy000122 Feb 2012 5:38 a.m. PST

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Disputed win. So it is written, So it is done.

Steve W22 Feb 2012 5:39 a.m. PST

Horemheb…Managed to get the country working again after the disaster of Akhenaten

Yesthatphil22 Feb 2012 6:53 a.m. PST

According to the vast building projects and relief depictions he commissioned, it was Ramesses II himself …

(he also won his battles single-handedly)


elsyrsyn22 Feb 2012 6:59 a.m. PST

There is that – he was certainly tops at self-promotion (and that's saying a bit, in that company).


epturner Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2012 7:01 a.m. PST

Nobody beat Yul Brynner


elsyrsyn22 Feb 2012 7:49 a.m. PST

Except Charlton Heston.


count floyd22 Feb 2012 8:02 a.m. PST

Charlton had God on his side, so the result was rigged.

bilsonius22 Feb 2012 8:34 a.m. PST

Or as she is fondly known to archaeologists, "Hotsheepsh1t"

"The Pharaohs wore artificial beards to symbolise artificial wisdom."
(Will Cuppy)

richarDISNEY22 Feb 2012 8:58 a.m. PST

This guy…
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I hear he was born in Arizona…

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2012 8:59 a.m. PST

King Rhuhtan Tuhtan.

J Womack 9422 Feb 2012 9:06 a.m. PST

Gotta go with Yul, er… Rameses.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2012 9:21 a.m. PST

Thutmose III, the real kingdom builder.

or Cleopatra (Liz Taylor and Lyndsey Marshal trump Yul Brenner ^,^ )

flooglestreet22 Feb 2012 9:50 a.m. PST

Thutmose III stands out as Egypts conquering Pharaoh, without much competition. He took a back seat to his aunt, Hatshepsut however. But there are others, like Menes who first (?) united the two kingdoms. I am surprised (or not so surprised, this is TMP) that no one mentioned Akhenaton aka Ikhnaton aka Amenophis IV the supposed monotheist.

I'll see your Yul Brenner and raise you a Kharis Borloff. YouTube link

Sergeant Paper22 Feb 2012 10:19 a.m. PST


Nikator22 Feb 2012 10:22 a.m. PST

Rameses II, just ask him.

Tommy2022 Feb 2012 11:44 a.m. PST
Altius22 Feb 2012 11:53 a.m. PST

Thutmose II was pretty cool, but I've always had a soft spot for Ramses II. Ok, so maybe he did brag a bit, but I think that was par for the course for pretty much all rulers of his time. Besides, didn't they find a lot of old battle scars all over his body when they examined him? So there must have been at least a bit of truth to some of his wild tales.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2012 11:58 a.m. PST

Rameses? Not after you see this:

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King Scorpion was (possibly) the first Pharoah. You have to give him credit for getting the whole ball rolling.

CooperSteveOnTheLaptop22 Feb 2012 2:00 p.m. PST

"Besides, didn't they find a lot of old battle scars all over his body when they examined him?"

Either that or he had a really high-maintenance harem…

Chazzmak22 Feb 2012 2:27 p.m. PST

Egypts "greatest" pharoah based on what criteria? Military genius/prowess, diplomacy,civil infrastructure, civil governance, how much cool stuff they left behind in a tomb etc.And from which era ? Probably some great early ones lost in the dust of history. So much is unkown, or speculation.
To answer your question, I'll go with Cleopatra (not the Liz Taylor version). Apparently a linguist, a seasoned diplomat, builder of temples, beloved of her people(generally speaking), intellectually curious,well travelled and a supporter of the arts and sciences (such as they were then). Also, dare I say it, a pretty good roll in the papyrus.

Old Slow Trot23 Feb 2012 7:56 a.m. PST

Old Kingdom;Khufu. Middle Kingdom,unsure. New Kingdom;Seti I,Rameses II,Thutmose III, Ptolemaic;Cleopatra (the one who was there with Julius Caesar.)

Jemima Fawr23 Feb 2012 8:22 a.m. PST

Osmosis III.

colin knight24 Feb 2012 3:42 a.m. PST

Thutmose III

Lucius25 Feb 2012 8:21 a.m. PST

Shishak should get a nod for managing to swipe all the loot from the Temple in Jerusalem.

And according to Speilberg, swiping the Ark of the Covenant at the same time . . .

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2016 8:54 a.m. PST

Always been a fan of Thutmose III invented the military pontoon bridge and brought the engineering train with him to take the army across the Euphrates.

TKindred Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2016 9:20 a.m. PST

Akhenaton, hands down.

All the others are pikers compared to him.

Nikator23 Mar 2016 4:21 p.m. PST

Rameses II- you gotta love a guy who can get his butt kicked on the battlefield and then turn around a build a huge monument claiming he won. That level of chutzpa just cries out for recognition.

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