How does the name "Ozymandias" reflect the theme of the poem?Can you relate the answer to the definition of the word Ozymandias? Ozium means "'breath" or "air, and mandate means "to rule", In other...

How does the name "Ozymandias" reflect the theme of the poem?

Can you relate the answer to the definition of the word Ozymandias?

Ozium means "'breath" or "air, and mandate means "to rule", In other words Ozymandias means Breathe to rule. I need to know how the definition is associated with the theme of the poem. Thanks :)

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Ozymandias is the Greek translation of a part of the official name of Ramesses II, who was the most powerful and influential of the pharoahs of the Nineteenth Dynasty in ancient Egypt. He was referred to as being "the Great Ancestor" by later pharoahs and Egyptians.

Ozymandias, or Ramesses II, ruled for sixty-six years. During that time, he recaptured territory that had been taken from Egyptian control by neighboring countries, returning Canaan and Syria to Egypt's rule. He built massive monuments throughout Egypt to memorialize his power and influence. Many of these included larger-than-life statues of himself, which could be the broken remains observed by the “traveller from an antique land” who tells the story of what he saw.

The name Ozymandias reflects the tremendous power and influence of the ruler portrayed by the broken statue - power that he thought would never end, now in pieces and buried by the sands of the desert and of time.

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Thanks, that's what I was looking for :) There is another question I'm having trouble with--- > "How are the following ideas expressed in Ozymandias?"

1)No one is immortal.

2)All man's achievements come to nothing in the end.

3)Time and nature are more powerful than any king.

4) Art outlives empires.

Are there any particular sentences in the poem that express those ideas? 

There is only one sentence that drew my attention and in my opinion, it expresses the 1st and the 2nd ideas. The sentence is "Nothing beside remains" but I'm not sure. 

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