Ramesses atop chariot, at the battle of Kadesh. (Relief inside his Abu Simbel temple.) Date 1274 BC Location On the Orontes River near Kadesh Result Both sides claimed victory Tactical: Pyrrhic Egyptian victory Operational: Egyptian defeat (campaign ended in Egyptian retreat) Strategic: Hittite victory (Hittite Empire expanded southward, to Upi)
Amenhotep II About two years before his death, Thutmose III appointed his 18-year-old son, Amenhotep II (ruled c. 1426–1400 bc), as coregent. Just prior to his father’s death, Amenhotep II set out on a campaign to an area in Syria near Kadesh, whose city-states were now caught up in the power struggle between Egypt and Mitanni; Amenhotep II killed seven princes and shipped their bodies back to Egypt to be suspended from the ramparts of Thebes and Napata.