Herstory: An Ancient Cold War Resolved by a Marriage

photo image Ramses II Egypt, from the temple in Abu Simbel

Ramses II Egypt, from the temple in Abu Simbel

Toward the end of the Late Bronze Age, in the decade after their colossal confrontation at Kadesh in 1274 BCE, the two major world powers, Egypt and the Hittite Empire, eyed each other with hostility. Rather like the U.S. and Russia during the Cold War, neither could afford to restart open warfare, but the treaty they had signed formed an uneasy peace.

It took the careful diplomacy and the tough negotiations of Queen Puduhepa to keep the two nations securely locked in peaceful relations.

Fraktin Rock Carving of Puduhepa, "sleuth" of Blessed by a Curse

Fraktin Rock Carving of Puduhepa making an offering to a seated goddess

She used a time-honored, but to the modern mind, dubious tool. She married her daughter to Ramses. This wasn’t a simple marriage to bring about, nor an easily taken decision. For ┬áthe details and excerpts from Puduhepa’s most famous letter to Ramses, click here for Unusual Historicals “Herstory: An Ancient Cold War Resolved by a Marriage”

 


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