Battle of Megiddo

Location: Megiddo, Canaan

Historical Context

The first detailed battle account to have ever survived, it was carved into the walls of the Temple to Amun-Re at Karnak by military scribe Tjaneni. The battle occurred in the Levant, an area controlled by the Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III, who was facing a revolt led by the King of Kadesh. The Egyptians won the encounter but allowed the enemy to escape into the city of Meggido which led to a seven month siege. This the Egyptians eventually broke to re-establish control in the area.

Historical Events

  • 1457-04-16 BC Battle of Megiddo: Egyptian forces of Thutmose III defeat a large Canaanite coalition under King of Kadesh. First battle recorded with a reliable account.

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