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Paskal Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2023 4:36 a.m. PST

Hello everyone ,

The last mentioned body of the Egyptian army at Battle of Kadesh is that of the so-called Na'arin troops, often arbitrarily estimated at around 2,000 men.

Is their origin now explained or is it still debated ?

it has been proposed to see them as Egyptian troops (perhaps an elite unit) or troops from Amurru or recruited more widely in Canaan…

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2023 7:17 a.m. PST

I thinks it's still a mystery.

My own opinion is that they were the local allies. Probably elites/nobles.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Nov 2023 9:58 p.m. PST

Mercenaries? link

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2023 11:24 p.m. PST

Or if there were, could they have been Egyptian garrisons that occupied the region ?

lionheartrjc21 Nov 2023 10:45 a.m. PST

From the wall reliefs the arrival is described as "The coming of the 'Army' Na'arin of Pharoah from Amurru. They found the Hittite enemy ranks had hemmed in the camp of the Pharoah, while His Majesty sat alone…. The Na'arin army attacked the Hittite enemy ranks… and slew them. They let none of them escape…"

The Abu Simbel relief in the bottom right register clearly depicts the Na'arin engaging the second Hittite wave. In the "poem", the literary record, Ramesses boasts that he led six attacks against this further assault.

As to what the Na'arin were is anyone's guess. Did they arrive at the battle from Amurru, or were they troops recruited or stationed in Amurru? They might have been elite troops or they might have been timely fresh arrivals.

Paskal Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2023 1:15 a.m. PST

@lionheartrjc

Na'arin is a word from which language?

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