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POLL: Who Won the Battle of Kadesh?


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CATenWolde writes:

Great poll and great discussion! Although we have a one-sided account, the *battle* still seems to have been an Egyptian victory, albeit a slight and expensive one. Arguments from negative evidence (i.e. we lack Hittite sources so they may have won) can't trump actual evidence, even if obviously influenced by politics.

Anyone care to follow this one up with Eylau or Aspern-Essling? "Victories" both ... for which side?

Oh, and Polybius was an influential Greek politician, and was deported to Rome for political reasons after the Greek defeat at Pydna. While there he became a close and enduring friend of Scipio Aemilianus, and is considered one of the Scipionic Circle, but was never adopted into the family.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
the Hittites
39
11%
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the Egyptians
137
40%
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the battle was indecisive
96
28%
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no opinion
38
11%
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no interest in this period
36
10%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

The Hittites and Egyptians fought an epic battle around 1288 B.C., known today as the Battle of Kadesh (or Qadesh or Khadesh). The Hittites ambushed the Egyptians, but were eventually were driven from the field of battle - the Egyptians, however, did not pursue, though the pharoah later claimed the battle as a victory.

Who won the battle?