A sketch of one of the name rings with the palimpsest of the "Battle of Kadesh" narrative
underneath. Unscrambling these two sets of inscriptions is a difficult task. Note
the "spikes" on the oval representing crenellations or towers of a fortress.
(Left) photo of a palimpsest showing an Egyptian soldier slaying a Hittite prisoner
from the Battle of Kadesh narrative. Superimposed over this image are the legs of
the god Amun seated on a throne. Wavy lines behind his feet represent the Orontes
river from the Battle of Kadesh. (Right) a drawing of the palimpsest
There are scenes devoted to the presentation of booty and prisoners to the god Amen-Re.
The caption over one reads:
"Presentation of tribute by His Majesty to his father Amen...consisting of silver,
gold, lapis-lazuli, turquoise, red jasper and every sort of precious stone. The chiefs
of the hill countries are in his grasp to fill the workshops of his father Amen."
The hieroglyphic texts also record speeches by the god praising the king for his actions
"Welcome in peace. I make you victorious over every foreign land and set fear of you
in the heart of the Nine Bows (= all foreign countries). Their chiefs c…
Returning from his "first campaign of victory," Seti I marches prisoners to the Egyptian
border fortress at the town of Tcharu (Tell Hebua). A canal filled with crocodiles
divides the two sides of Tcharu. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered both of the
Tcharu fortress complexes during recent excavations.
the original painting had been effaced and that s what we call a A palimpsest relief in which a figure of the military officer Mehy was replaced with
an image of Crown Prince Ramesses, the future Ramesses II.
Texts identify this person as none other than Crown Prince Ramesses! But even the
casual observer will note that something strange is going on in these reliefs. There
is clearly another figure with a different name over which Ramesses II later carved
his own name and image.
For decades, it was thought that this shadowy figure was a disgraced or even a murdered
elder brother of Ramesses.but the truth is. The man was
a military officer named Mehy. Mehy was only a mid-level officer, but he bore high
This fragmentary papyrus was first described by Lepsius. It depicts the
ground plan of the rock tomb of Ramses IV, gives measurements of the
various rooms and hints at the surrounding mountains (which in reality
are white limestone). The rightmost part of the papyrus showing the
entrance has been lost, as has the bottom half, but assuming a
symmetrical outlay of the tomb the missing parts can easily be filled
The scribe used the traditional Egyptian way of including in the drawing
all the aspects thought to be of importance, changing points of view:
the double-winged doors and seem
No true scale is used: The drawing of rooms and niches etc is
approximate, giving an idea of their relationships rather than their