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Thutmose III in Asia

Colleen Manassa

in Imagining the Past

Published in print November 2013 | ISBN: 9780199982226
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199369959 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982226.003.0004
Thutmose III in Asia

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The story Thutmose III in Asia possesses significant intertextualities with the story The Capture of Joppa and the Battle of Kadesh “poem.” Composed during the Nineteenth Dynasty, yet set during the reign of Thutmose III, Thutmose III in Asia appears in a single papyrus copy, Turin 1940+1941, with only one well-preserved column. The unplaced fragments, a previously unread section at the beginning of the tale, and several elements within the narrative all point towards the story being a fictional version of the Battle of Megiddo. The quotation of part of the Kadesh Battle poem in the story suggests that the author intended to equate the two warrior pharaohs Ramesses II and Thutmose III and their military achievements in the Battle of Kadesh and Battle of Megiddo respectively.

Keywords: Thutmose III; Ramesses II; Megiddo; Kadesh; chariots; Montu; Amun

Chapter.  5891 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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