Ancient Egypt - Pharaoh Seti I

Updated: Feb 10

While crown prince, Seti was placed in charge of the army and sent to recoup some of Egypt's lost possessions in Syria. As king, Seti I continued to confront the Hittites in battle. Without succeeding in destroying the Hittites as a potential danger to Egypt, he reconquered most of the disputed territories of Egypt and generally concluded his military campaigns with success. These military victories are preserved on the outer north and east walls of the Temple of Amun at Karnak.

His greatest achievement in foreign policy was the capture of the Syrian town of Kadesh and neighboring territory of Amurru from the Hittite Empire. Egypt had not held Kadesh since the time of Akhenaten. Tutankhamun and Horemheb had failed to recapture the city, but Seti I was successful and entered the city in triumph, together with his son, the future Ramesses II. This success was not long lived, as Egypt was unable to hold a permanent military occupation at the site and it returned to Hittite control. Ramesses II would later return after his succession and fight one of the largest battles in Egyptian history.

Seti I's Hypostyle Hall