Pat Shingleton: "Egyptian Weather..."
During his 67-year reign in the 12th century B.C., Ramses negotiated one of history's first peace and mutual aid treaties with King Nebuchadnezzar and the Hittite kingdom. Part of the deal was Ramses' marriage to Neb's eldest daughter, Matnefrure. As noted in a previous column, Mat couldn't travel to Egypt alone and an escort was needed. The weather between the Hittite kingdom, in the Near East, and Egypt was often stormy during the winter season. To protect the escort from inclement weather, Ramses called upon Seth, the Egyptian god of wind and storms, to hold back the winter rains. The escort was safely able to deliver the Hittite princess to the pharaoh and upon delivery, the beautiful princess became "numero-uno" of Ramses' 200 wives.