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Alasiya
The eastern Mediterranean
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The marriage stela of Ramses II

marriage stela of Ramses II
From the Marriage Stela of Ramses II: The Hittite King Hattusili and his daughter are submissively approaching the pharaoh
Source: Lepsius, Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien, 1897, Abt III, Band 7, Bl. 196
    Thou didst command the land of Kheta, thou takest captive the people /// with all their possessions, the eldest daughter being at their head, to //////////// before thy beautiful face. Thou commandest them /// /// under thy feet forever and ever, together with the whole land of Kheta. While thou shinest upon the throne of Re, every land is under [thy] feet, forever.
    //////////// The chief of Kheta sent, asking of me permanent peace. Never did he /// for them. now [afterward] ////// under the great fame of the Lord of the Two Lands, King Ramses (II).
- /// - missing or undecipherable passages
Thou didst command the land of Kheta : The Egyptian pharaohs could never quite accept foreigners as their equals, not even the ruler of a significant empire like Hatti, e.g. as far as is known no Egyptian princess was ever given in marriage to a foreigner. (cf. Marriage as a tool of foreign politics during the New Kingdom)
    Then spake the chief of the land of Kheta to his [army] and his nobles, saying: "Now is our land devastated; Sutekh [is] our lord [to protect] us, (but) [he has] not ///////// fighting with them. We have been taken captive with all our possessions; my eldest daughter being before them ///////////////"
    Then they [came] with [their] possessions, and [their] splendid [gifts] before them, of silver and gold, marvels many and great, horses to /// them, /// living things /////////.
    ////// to delight the heart of his majesty, saying: "Behold, the great chief of Kheta comes, bringing his eldest daughter, bearing much tribute, being everything /////////. The chief of Kheta, together with the chief of [Kode and people] of Kheta, are bringing them. They have traversed many mountains and difficult ways, that they might reach the boundaries of his majesty ///////////////" His majesty received the [word] /// /// [in] the palace, with joy of heart.
    When he heard such strange and unexpected matters ////// he commanded the army and the princes to receive in front of them in haste.
    Then his majesty took counsel [for] the army with his own heart, saying: "What are these newcomers like! When there goes not a messenger to Zahi in these days of flood on the upper [heights] in winter." Then he offered an oblation for /// and for Sutekh. Then he came [pray]ing, saying: "Heaven is /// and earth is under [thy feet]. That which thou commandest is all that happens. Thou /// to make the flood and the cold upon the [heights] //////////// which thou hast assigned to me, King Ramses (II)." Then his father, Sutekh, heard every [wor]d //////////// the army : probably the escort
Zahi : Djahi, region in Canaan
in winter : The Hittites seem to have journeyed overland in winter, when travelling could be very difficult on the unpaved roads softened by rain.
warriors : mercenaries
    ///////// his army came, their limbs being sound, and they were long in stride /////////. The daughter of the great chief of Kheta marched in [front] of the army /////// of his majesty in following her. They were mingled with foot and horse of Kheta; they were warriors as well as regulars; they ate and they drank [not] fighting face to face /////////////// between them, after the manner of the god himself, King Ramses (II). The great chiefs of every land came; they were bowed down, turning back in fear, when they saw [his majesty; the chief of] Kheta [came] among them, [to seek the favor] of King Ramses (II). The wedding cementing the alliance between Hatti and Egypt was a state occasion of international importance.
James Henry Breasted Ancient Records of Egypt, Part Three, § 415ff.
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