No Frames Ramses' Great Horses: Excerpts from Pharaohs, Fellahs, and Explorers by Amelia B. Edwards
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Amelia B. Edwards
excerpts from Pharaohs, Fellahs, and Explorers 
 
 
 

Edited by Donna Hyora
    In the spirit of Amelia B. Edwards' mission to enlighten the world about Egypt's treasures, these large excerpts of her writing and drawings are reproduced.
    Her insights from a short hundred years ago enrich our understanding of events thirty-two hundred years ago. She interprets wall carvings from Abu-Simbel, preserving details otherwise stolen from the carvings and us.     Contemporary horse fanciers recognize the lively temperament and beauty of our twentieth century descendants of these pharaoh's horses.
These were the horses of Rameses II, known to us as Ramses the Great.

Setting Out
THE ROYAL CHARIOT AND GREAT HORSES OF RAMESES  ARE BROUGHT ROUND FROM THE STABLES. Four of the King's spearsmen and two of his Sardinian body-guard await his approach.  From the Great Temple of Abu-Simbel.
 

WAR-CHARIOTS SETTING OUT.

The chariots start first, an officer of bowmen leading the way on foot.

The poem of Pentaur, which is sometimes called the Egyptian Iliad,...is full of incident and dialogue,

The coalition thus formed included the vassal princes of Karkhemish, Kadesh, Aradus, and Kati, all tributaries of Egypt, headed by the prince of the Kheta, or Hittites, with a large Hittite army, an immense following of the predatory and warlike Graeco - Asiatic tribes of Mysia, Lydia, Pedasos, and the Troad.
and it recites, not a mere catalogue of victories, but the events of a single campaign and the deeds of a single hero. That hero is Rameses II., and the campaign thus celebrated was undertaken in the fifth year of his reign, against the allied forces of Syria and Asia Minor.
BRIGADE OF INFANTRY ON THE MARCH, PROTECTED BY CAVALRY.
Next follow the infantry, marching in a solid square, and protected, van, flank, and rear,
by a force of chariots. The infantry are armed with only spear and shield.

Rameses took the field in person with the flower of the Egyptian army,

traversing the Land of Canaan, which still remained loyal, and establishing his Syrian headquarters at Shabtu, a fortified town in a small valley a short distance to the south-west of Kadesh. Here he remained stationary for a few days, reconnoitring the surrounding country, and endeavoring, but without success, to learn the whereabouts of the enemy.
The latter, meanwhile, had their spies out in all directions, and knew every movement of the Egyptian host. Two of these spies, being previously instructed, allowed themselves to be taken by the King's scouts. Introduced into the royal presence, they prostrated themselves before Pharaoh, declaring that they were messengers from certain of the Syrian chiefs, their brothers, who desired to break their pact with the Kheta, and to serve the great King of Egypt. They further added that the Khetan host, dreading the approach of the Egyptian army, had retreated to beyond Aleppo, forty leagues to the northward. Rameses, believing their story, then pushed confidently onward, escorted only by his body-guard. The bulk of his horses, consisting of the brigade of Amen, the brigade of Ptah, and the brigade of Ra, followed at some little distance; the brigade of Sutekh, which apparently formed the reserve, lingering far behind on the Amorite frontier.
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