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What was the first battle or war ever documented?
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There are plenty of recorded militarized conflicts that pre-date the 15th Century BC Battle of Megiddo of Thutmose III's reign.
Probably the oldest and best documented of these is the Lagash-Umma War of ancient Sumer and the Battle of Gu-edin, c.2500BC.
Also the Narmer Palette is essentially a documentation of the Tjenu ruler Narmer who conquered Upper Egypt from Nekhen ruler and unified the statelets along the Nile River, c.3000BC. There is a theory, however, that the Narmer Palette is actually documenting Narmer's defeated of the Libyan chieftain Wash in the northwest Nile Delta.
Then there are the conquests of Sargon of Akkad, who is recorded to have vanquished Kashtubila by razing his city of Kazallu in Subartu and thus engaged the conquest of Sumer by defeating Luglzagesi in Uruk and victoriously parading him through the city of Nippur. He then conquered the Sumerian cities of Lagash, Ur, Umma, tore down their walls, and washed the blood from his sword in the Persian Gulf(c.2284BC).
And Hammurabi of Babylon who allied with Zimri-Lim of Mari to defeat Rîm-Sin I of Larsa and conquer the rest of Sumer to found his Babylonian Empire(1763BC). After this Hammurabi ended his alliance with Zimri-Lim and conquered Mari, as well as Eshnunna from its ruler Anni, and into Assyria under Shamshi-Adad I as far north as Diarbekr.
- Gray BoldLv 73 months ago
The Battle of Megiddo (fought 15th century BC) was fought between Egyptian forces under the command of Pharaoh Thutmose III and a large rebellious coalition of Canaanite vassal states led by the king of Kadesh. It is the first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable detail. Megiddo is also the first recorded use of the composite bow and the first body count. All details of the battle come from Egyptian sources—primarily the hieroglyphic writings on the Hall of Annals in the Temple of Amun-Re at Karnak, Thebes (now Luxor), by the military scribe Tjaneni.
The Battle of Megoddo in 1479.
- Weasel McWeaselLv 73 months ago
OOG hit Ork in the head with a rock, and took his piece of dinosaur meat.
We've been killing each other ever since.