The Portrayal of the Battle of Kadesh The Battle of Kadesh was one of the most important battles in ancient history. The combatants were the Egyptian New Kingdom and the Hittite Empire, led by Ramesses II and Muwatalli II, respectively. Taking place in the late thirteenth century BCE, the Battle of Kadesh probably resulted from Egyptian territorial ambition, particularly in so far as the New Kingdom wished to reclaim some of the land it had lost on the margins of its empire. The Battle of Kadesh crystallized around the Egyptians’ and Hittites’ mutual desire to exert control over what is now Syria. The Battle of Kadesh lent itself wonderfully to aesthetic portrayal, as it was fought between chariot-dominated armies on open plains (Baines...The end:
.....guous. It was an inevitable clash between the two great powers of the ancient Neat East at that time and, despite its iconic moments and military drama, not much came of it strategically or politically. References Baines, J. and Malek, J. “The Army,” Atlas of Ancient Egypt. New York: 1988. Breasted, J.H. “Official Record of the Battle of Kadesh,” Ancient Records of Egypt III. London: 1988. Kitchen, K.A. Pharaoh Triumphant: The Life and Times of Ramesses II. Warminster: 1982. Manley, B. “The Road to Kadesh,” The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt. London: Penguin, 1996. Redford, D. “The Egypto-Hittite War” and “The Treaty between Egypt and Khatte,” Egypt, Canaan and Israel in Ancient Times. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.