K(no)w More Spears From The Backs Of Chariots: Problems With The Battle Of Kadesh’s Thrusting Spears

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Although it has been argued that the Hittite chariot forces at the Battle of Kadesh utilized thrusting-spears while fighting, there is very little evidence to confirm this. The pictorial record demonstrates that this interpretation derives from a set of scenes depicting just one event. Such assertions neglect to consider the depictions of Ramesses II’s predecessor, Sety I, engaged with Hittite forces using archery equipment from a chariot, and also pass over Hittite textual records focusing on the same subject. This short paper thus employs both these sources and an examination of the mechanical implications of using thrusting-spears from chariots to reconsider traditional interpretations.

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Wernick, N., (2013) “K(no)w More Spears From The Backs Of Chariots: Problems With The Battle Of Kadesh’s Thrusting Spears”, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 5(2), p.48-51. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/azu_jaei_v05i2_wernick

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Nicholas Wernick (University of Liverpool)

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