By Donald B. Redford
Describes the area of Akhenaten, a ruler of historical Egypt who tried to introduce monotheism via worship of the sunlight.
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12 "He found no one (i. " 3 A feeling of patriotism informs Thutmose's inscriptions, centered not simply on Egypt but on Thebes in particular; and one can sense his flush of pride in the recent reversal of the city's fortunes. He had come to the throne "in order to broaden the boundaries of Thebes, the confines of She-that-faces her-Lord* . . I have made the boundaries of Egypt as far as the circuit of the Sun-disc, I have strengthened them that were in fear. I have made Egypt mistress, with every land her subjects.
City states from central Syria to the Negeb pledged troops to the king ofKadesh, and the combined forces met at Megiddo in the plain of Esdraelon intent on moving at once on Egypt. At the battle of Megiddo in the late spring of 1483 Thutmose preempted their plan and defeated them soundly. With the fall of Megiddo itself in December of the same year the coalition broke up, and Thutmose mopped up the minor pockets of resistance in Palestine piecemeal. By 1475, having reduced and garrisoned the Phoenician coastal ports, the Egyptians were able to attack Kadesh itself, and while the city withstood the assault, its power was broken.
Akhenaten, the Heretic King by Donald B. Redford