Episode 67: Armageddon

Thutmose III (Part 1): The Battle of Megiddo.

(1473 BCE) Not long after taking sole power, Thutmose III experienced a dangerous challenge to his rule. Enemies in Canaan had gathered: the King must destroy them, or risk losing his empire. Battle, audacity, and Monty Python ensues!

Listeners note: the original edit of this episode mistakenly referred to the name Har-Megiddo as a Greek term, rather than the correct Hebrew. This error has been fixed.

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Har Megiddo today (Google Sites)


The Battle in general scheme (TourEgypt)


Hans Goedicke, The Battle of Megiddo, 2000.

Toby Wilkinson, Writings from Ancient Egypt, 2016.

Richard A. Gabriel, Thutmose III: A Military Biography, 2009.

Donald Redford, The Wars in Syria and Palestine of Thutmose III, 2003.

Eric Cline & David O’Connor (eds), Thutmose III: A New Biography, 2006.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael Hoffmann says:

    Hello Dominic, for some reason episode 67 showed up twice on my iDevice, one from Wednesday, the other Thursday – it looks like each with slightly varying description text (as far as I can tell on a caffeine-deprived early morning). The file size seems the same, however.

    A minor glitch?

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Michael,

      Not a glitch! There were a couple minor blips in the original upload, so I edited the original mp3. Unfortunately this required re-uploading it.
      Delete the *older* version from your device – keep the newer one (it’s better).

      Apologies for any confusion!

  2. Spencer says:

    Great episode.

    There is one aspect of Thutmose III’s strategy that I do not fully understand. If the reason to take the more difficult, risky, middle route was to surprise the defenders of Megiddo, then why, once arriving at the area adjacent to Megiddo, pause for a day, which gave the defenders time to assemble? Seems that the Egyptians could have approached from the north or south and met the assembled defenders more or less in the same way. Seems that the advantage of surprise was squandered. Or I’m missing something?

    Thanks, and Best wishes,


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