Battle of Kadesh

In one of the world’s largest chariot battles, fought beside the Orontes River, King Ramesses II sought to wrest Syria from the Hittites and recapture the Hittite-held city of Kadesh. There was a day of carnage as some 5,000 chariots charged into the fray, but no outright victor. 

Battle of Kadesh
Battle of Kadesh

A relief depicts king Ramesses II in a chariot with a bow and arrow during the siege of a Syrian fortress. The scene was modified and an atef crown was added above the Blue Khepresh Crown to insinuate the edification of Ramesses II. Detail from inside the Great Temple of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel, Lower Nubia.

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