The Sea Battle

Ancient History

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The reliefs that Ramses III had commissioned to adorn his temple at Medinet Habu are truly splendid, are they not? They give us some of our finest, most detailed evidence so far of a pictorial kind. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>What sorts of information can we get from them?

It seems that what Ramses III planned for the sea battle part of this encounter worked quite well. Let the Sea Peoples venture into the delta region and then attack them both on the water and from land. Pretty clever use of terrain really. Well, the delta has proven time and time again throughout history that it’s a tough barrier to breach.

The Sea Peoples

Nothing about the Sea Peoples and the apparently associated collapse of quite a few civilizations has been proven to all scholars’ satisfaction. Not who they were, not where they came from, not why they came, nothing. That was the state of the studies thirty years ago and, while a bit of progress has been made, that is still the state of affairs today. The closest anyone has come to actually settling any issue is that the identification of the Peleset with the later Philistines is widely accepted; there are still those who are skeptical though. Our evidence for just who these people might have been, then, is fairly murky. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Does it matter who they were in the long run or just what they did?

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