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The Medinet Habu Records of the Foreign Wars of Ramesses III.


The Medinet Habu Records of the Foreign Wars of Ramesses III

Donald B. Redford



197 pages



Culture and History of the Ancient Near East; Volume 91


Unlike fragmented historical records in most Egyptian temples, those at Medinet Habu, written by the historian of the reign of Ramesses III, remains largely intact and lacuna free. But the record does have its deficiencies, says Redford, among them a near total lack of specifics in time, place and event and rarely a reference to a person by name let alone tallies of booty and body counts. Even so, he is able to construct accounts of the Nubian and First Libyan campaigns, the campaign against the Sea Peoples, the Second Libyan campaign, and the Second Libyan War (external display). He also provides commentary and discusses the texts as historical sources, the place of origin of the enemy, and the aftermath of the wars. In a separate chapter, he ponders whether the north wars of Ramesses III were ancestral emulation or historical reality. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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