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Imagining the PastHistorical Fiction in New Kingdom Egypt$
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Colleen Manassa

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199982226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982226.001.0001

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The Libyan Battle Story

The Libyan Battle Story

(p.117) Chapter 5 The Libyan Battle Story
Imagining the Past

Colleen Manassa

Oxford University Press

Composed only a generation after the Battle of Perire, in year 5 of the reign of Merneptah, The Libyan Battle Story is attested in a single papyrus, Louvre N 3136. Two columns of text describe an army appearing before the king and then preceding to battle. The king is not named, but the mention of the toponym Perire makes it certain that the events within the story took place during the reign of Merneptah. The addition of Sea People and Libyan components only attested from the reign of Ramesses III (the probable time of the text’s composition) suggests that the author intended to make the earlier battle more relevant to the Libyan invasions of Ramesses III’s reign. The preservation of so many hieroglyphic historical texts from the reign of Merneptah and Ramesses III enables a thorough analysis of the historiography of the tale.

Keywords:   Libya, Merneptah, Perire, palace, Ramesses III, Sea Peoples, Sherden, Pelset

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