Although it has been argued that the Hittite chariot forces at the Battle of Kadesh utilized thrusting-spears while fighting, there is very little evidence to confirm this. The pictorial record demonstrates that this interpretation derives from a set of scenes depicting just one event. Such assertions neglect to consider the depictions of Ramesses II’s predecessor, Sety I, engaged with Hittite forces using archery equipment from a chariot, and also pass over Hittite textual records focusing on the same subject. This short paper thus employs both these sources and an examination of the mechanical implications of using thrusting-spears from chariots to reconsider traditional interpretations.
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