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My Thoughts on “Kadesh Revisited: Reconstructing the Battle Between the Egyptians and the Hittites” History Sydney Capps September, 2015
Capps | 2 What I found as the most interesting, yet irritating, part of this article was that nobody knows exactly what happened in the Battle of Kadesh. From my understanding, it seems that the only thing historians agree on is the fact that the war was between the Egyptians of Pharaoh Ramesses II and the Hittites of King Muwatallish with Ramesses barely pulling off the victory. What I don’t understand is how they can determine the specifics of a war when all the evidence comes from one side, which was by Ramesses, with the battle carved on the walls of Egyptian temples. In a logical sense, wouldn’t anyone end his or her story in favor of himself or herself? It is very hard for me to interpret this war because of the huge controversy between what actually happened and all the different scenarios that are possibilities by the different historians. In order for me to have a better understanding of this article, I had to have a better understanding of this war, excluding the controversy between historians. I found an excellent book in the library, by Susan Wise Bauer, about the history of ancient times. 1 Bauer explained that Muwatalli suggested a truce and Ramesses declined, but eventually agreed to go home. Ramesses proclaimed his victory to

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