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The Representation of Ramses II’s Enemies in the Battle of Kadesh Reliefs

April 3, 2024 @ 5:00 pm EDT

Leigh Hall 208
University of Akron
Akron, 44325 United States

AIA Society: Akron/Kent

Lecturer: Tara Prakash

During the Nineteenth Dynasty (ca. 1292-1191), King Ramses II tried to reestablish Egyptian control over the Syrian city of Kadesh, which the Hittites of Anatolia had conquered in the late Eighteenth Dynasty. He recorded the epic battle that he fought at Kadesh against the Hittite Empire and its allies in a series of reliefs, which he had carved onto temple walls throughout Egypt. These reliefs preserve multiple textual and pictorial accounts of Ramses’ struggle. In this lecture, I will consider how the Egyptians portrayed the Hittite king and his coalition in the Kadesh texts and images in order to shed light on both the Egyptian conception of foreigners and the purpose of these reliefs inside the Egyptian temple.

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Lecture begins at 5:15pm

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April 3, 2024
5:00 pm EDT
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Leigh Hall 208
University of Akron
Akron, 44325 United States
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