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War in Ancient Egypt : The New Kingdom - Anthony J. Spalinger

War in Ancient Egypt

The New Kingdom


Published: 4th February 2005
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This book is an introduction to the Pharaonic war machine of New Kingdom Egypt from ca.1575 - 1100 bc. Written by a respected Egyptologist, it concentrates on Dynasty XVIII and the Ramesside period, in which the Egyptians created a professional army and gained control of Syria, creating an "Empire of Asia." The author highlights technological developments during this period, such as the new use of chariots and siege technology, and considers the socio-political aspects of warfare, particularly the rise to power of a new group of men. At the same time, he evaluates the military effectiveness of the Egyptian state by looking at the logistics of warfare; each chapter is followed by an "excursus" in which the logistical issues are analyzed in detail. The text incorporates pictorial and archaeological materials, ensuring a fully rounded treatment of the subject. A chronological table listing dynasties and pharaohs also helps readers to gain an overview.

"For anyone interested in Egyptian military history, and wanting to learn more than the simple dry facts and the well-known major battles, then this book is an absolute must. The author is to be congratulated on this major contribution to our knowledge of warfare in ancient Egypt, presented in a very readable book, suitable for the beginner as well as the real enthusiast." Ancient Egypt

"A very handy and innovative introduction on the war machine of New Kingdom Egypt (ca. 1550-1070 BC)... shows a thorough familiarity with the ancient sources and relevant literature on military topics, ancient and modern... Spalinger's book is a stimulating and highly competent study no one who deals with New Kingdom warfare should overlook." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

List of Figures viii

List of Maps x

Acknowledgements xi

Preface xiii

Chronology xvi

1 Prelude to New Kingdom Warfare 1

2 The System of Early Dynasty XVIII: Technological and Physical Constraints 32

3 Southern and Northern Expansion 46

4 Social and Religious Implications of the New Military system 70

5 The Battle of Megiddo and its Result 83

6 The Pharaoh on Campaign: Ideal and Real 101

7 The Later Military Situation in Asia and at Home 110

8 Egyptian Imperialism and Thutmose III 130

9 Dynasty XVIII: Warfare and Economy 140

10 The Amarna Letters and War 160

11 The Influence of the Egyptian Military from Late Dynasty XVIII to Dynasty XIX 169

12 Early Dynasty XIX 187

13 To Kadesh and After 209

14 Merenpath and Ramesses III 235

15 Egypt on the Defensive 249

16 The Social System of the Military in the Ramesside Period 264

General Bibliography 278

Index 282

ISBN: 9781405113717
ISBN-10: 1405113715
Series: Ancient World at War
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 4th February 2005
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.11 x 16.32  x 2.22
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1