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The Most Recent on Esarhaddon
Nahr-el-Kalb or Lycus, near Beirut, Lebanon: Today 17 stela can be seen at Nahr-el-Kalb.
Of greatest interest is a stele of the Assyrian King Esarhaddon (700-688 BC; left) and of Ramses II. What could be reasons to find these steles together and which one was there first?
In conventional view the stele of Ramses II would have been there already for some 630 years before Esarhaddon had his placed next to him. But why would the Assyrian king who fought against the Egypt of the Ethiopian Dynastic kings do that? It makes no sense for this king who conquered 25th Dynasty Egypt to place his stele next to Ramses II.
The Revised view.
In the revised view the stele of Esarhaddon was there about 70 years before that of Ramses II/Necho II. Ramses apparently regarded Esarhaddon as the king who helped his grandfather Ramses I to the throne thus ushering in the 19th/26th Dynasty, as we explain under `Seti the Great'. When Ramses II had his stele made the Assyrian empire had already expired. Last of all we should point out that is wasn't Necho who made this stele, it was Ramses II.
We ask the reader to decide which view makes chronologically more sense.
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