The Battle of Megiddo

Battles tend to be fought in areas that are strategically important, which is why some sites were the location of battle after battle throughout history - for example Chaeronea. Another example is Meggido.

Apparently the first battle of Meggido was fought on the 9th of May 1457 BC - it's the first 'well recorded' battle we have, its details carved into the walls at Karnak, so maybe the date is correct. There Thutmose III routed the Canaanites, and expanded the Egyptian Empire. (Incidentally, the revolt in the area had started under Hatshepsut, who is one of the first women warriors.

In 609 BC the Egyptians of Necho II marched into Judah; he routed Josiah's army at Meggido, and slew him.

In 1918 another battle at Meggido led to the British conquest of Palestine during WWI.

Not surprisingly Meggido is hotly tipped to be the site of the 'final battle' - Armageddon.


  1. Not quite sure why you'd characterize Hatshepsut as 'one of the first woman -warriors-...' Is there evidence for her actually taking the field and leading troops in battle? I guess my criteria for 'warrior-hood' includes that, which certainly applies to Boudiccia...


  2. Check out "Project Megiddo" on Wikipedia.

  3. Eric Cline's The Battles of Armageddon (University of Michican Press, 2002) covers many more than the three battles mentioned above. The place was eventful.

  4. Dear David - you're right, and that's why Hatshepsut won't be in my book on women warriors ... there are a number of other Egyptian queens that led armies, but she was not one of them - she only commanded armies in the sense that she was the ruler of Egypt. I blogged in a hurry, and apologise for the imprecise language ...

  5. War is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is very well done, a good read.


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