I was fortunate to attend this exhibit in 1989 with my father right before I traveled to my first military assignment in Turkey. At the time it was the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts to ever leave Egypt. I consider it to be the starting point of my many adventures exploring ancient history. For many years I spent a lot of time trying to get information about this event but it seems to be surrounded by controversy and it was extremely hard to find any information. Even when I contacted the original venue, I was told that the material was locked in the archives and nothing was allowed to be released to the public - I suspect there was some "behind-the-scenes" activity that probably would be frowned upon if it were to be made known. But it always left an impression upon me and one of my most treasured memories of time spent with Dad.
A Message from his Excellency El Sayad Abdel Raouf El Reedy
It is such occasions as this that highlight the common heritage shared by all humans. Certain values and ideals are ubiquitous to all societies. I think you will sense human qualities in the artifacts which help you understand the aspirations and challenges all people face throughout history, and which never cease to test human courage and ingenuity.
On these occasions, one realizes that a universal language does exist after-all, which transcends borders and oceans to convey a message of friendship, peace, and understanding. Cultural exhibitions are a most enduring form of diplomacy.
These beautiful artifacts representing Egypt's spirit only underline the feelings off friendship and admiration from one of the world's oldest civilizations to one of its youngest and most ingenious.
This is especially significant in view of the excellent relations that bind our two countries based upon common ideals, and a dream we share for peace and prosperity in all regions of the world.
It is appropriate that the great and dynamic city of Dallas be one of the hosts of the Ramses II exhibition. Dallas was built by people like Ramses who, with great courage, tenacity, and skill forged magnificent prosperity.
Ramses II was by any standard one of the great heroes of all time. Not only was he a great warrior and empire builder, but also a man of peace who signed the first peace treaty in recorded history with the Hittite empire.
The monuments he left for posterity attest to a grace and grandeur seldom surpassed. His temples at Luxor and Abu Simbel are undisputedly among the wonders of architectural and artistic achievement. The temple of Hathor at Abu Simbel, also dedicated to Queen Nefetari, suggests the more tender aspect of his character that only reinforces his legend.
This fascinating exhibition will represent for many an adventure across time to the golden folds of Egypt's history. The works of early civilization put us in touch with the soul of the culture.
El Sayad Abdel Raouf El Reedy
The Ambassador of Egypt