Battle o Kadesh

The Battle o Kadesh (an aa Qadesh) teuk place atween the forces o the Egyptian Empire unner Ramesses II an the Hittite Empire unner Muwatalli II at the ceety o Kadesh on the Orontes River, in what is nou the Sirian Arab Republic.[10]

Battle o Kadesh
Pairt o Seicont Syrian campaign o Ramesses II
Ramses II at Kadesh.jpg
Ramesses atop chariot, at the battle o Kadesh. (Relief inside his Abu Simbel temple.)
DateLate Mey 1274 BC[1]
LocationOn the Orontes River near Kadesh

Baith sides claimed victory.[2][3] Negotiatit peace treaty[4]
Tactical: Pyrrhic Egyptian victory or Indecisive

Strategic: Hittite victory (Hittite Empire expandit soothward, tae Upi/ Damascus)[5]
New Kinrick o Egyp Hittite Empire
Commanders an leaders

Ramesses II

Muwatalli II

  • Hattusili III
  • Mittanamuwash o Pitassa
  • Masturish o Seha River Land
  • Piyama-Inarash o Wilusa
  • Sahurunuwash o Carchemish
  • Sattuara o Mittani
  • Niqmepa o Ugarit
  • Talmi-Sarruma o Aleppo
  • Niqmaddu o Kadesh

20,000 men
(hauf engaged)

  • 16,000 infantry[6]
  • 2,000 chariots[7]

50,000 men

  • 40,000 infantry[8]
    (not engaged)
  • 3,700 chariots[8]
Casualties an losses
Unkent Unkent


  1. Lorna Oakes, Pyramids, Temples & Tombs of Ancient Egypt: An Illustrated Atlas of the Land of the Pharaohs, Hermes House: 2003. P. 142.
  2. Nicholas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, Blackwell Books: 1992, p.256
  3. Ancient Discoveries: Egyptian Warfare. Event occurs at 12:00 hrs EDST, 2008-05-14. the recently produced program details current thinking of three experts on the Battle of Qadesh, and the Peace of Qadesh (signed about) 15 years later. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
  4. 100 Battles, Decisive Battles that Shaped the World, Dougherty, Martin, J., Parragon, p.10-11
  5. Joyce Tyldesley, Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh, Penguin Books, 2000. p.73
  6. 6.0 6.1 M. Healy, Qadesh 1300 BC: Clash of the warrior kings, 32
  7. M. Healy, Qadesh 1300 BC: Clash of the warrior kings, 39
  8. 8.0 8.1 M. Healy, Qadesh 1300 BC: Clash of the warrior kings, 22
  9. M. Healy, Qadesh 1300 BC: Clash of the warrior kings, 21
  10. Kitchen, K. A., "Ramesside Inscriptions", volume 2, Blackwell Publishing Limited, 1996, pp. 16-17.