Jon Smyth
re: Sea People
Sun Aug 12, 2018 09:54

A handful of identifiable names among the Sea Peoples show a strong affiliation with a politically Hittite region, post empire period.
"Ekwesh" is merely a reference to Que/Huwe/Akkuwa, from Ahhiyawa, in classical period known as Cilicia.
Hilakku & Que refer to Upper/mountainous region, and Lower plain (Pedas) region, respectively.
Also in this region we find the principal city of Adana, home of the Danuna/Denyen. In the east the next major city was Issus, home of the Weshesh. Further east over the Ammanus we find Padasatina, land of the Peleset.

Among the inscriptions at Medinet-habu we find reference to "Tunip of Hatti". Attacks against the Land of Carchemish, and mention of the longtime Hittite allie, the island city of Arvad (Yereth).

The Asiatic wars of Ramesses III were against the Hittites, who were advancing south against Egypt.

Peter James's interpretation of this confrontation seems to be quite wide of the mark.

In the temple of Medinet-Habu Rameses III quite clearly announced....
"Words spoken by Amon-Re-Harakhte . . . . . .Receive thou the sword. My hand is with [thee], that thou mayest overthrow the land of Hatti".

The so-called Sea Peoples were merely allies of the Neo-Hittite assembly under the rule of the king of Carchemish.

  • re: Sea PeopleRich McQuillen, Thu Aug 9 22:35
    "statue fragment of Ramesses III found at Byblos 134 might suggest a measure of influence this far north. But with the possible exception of Tyre no Phoenician towns appear to be mentioned in his... more
    • re: Sea People — Jon Smyth, Sun Aug 12 09:54
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