“And the programme was a Pozzitive production for the BBCCCCCCCC!!!”
John G Younger.
I love finding evidence of ancient fun.
The Near East during the 1200s BC is more dramatic than the bloody build-up to WWI! Hatti has a succession crisis! Ramesses keeps conquering and losing Syrian states! Hatti exiles its former leader, who turns up in Ramesses’ court! Ramesses refuses to extradite the exile when the ruler of Hatti asks! Hatti mobilises! Ramesses probably mobilises!
AND THEN ASSYRIA HAS A CURB-STOMP BATTLE IN HANIGALBAT! There is no longer a buffer state between Hatti and Assyria! Hatti panicks, because it doesn’t have a Schlieffen Plan to deal with a two-front war! Hatti decides that maybe they can have peace with Egypt after all! They have a peace treaty! Ramesses has to give up Kadesh forever! Mutual non-aggression pact! It suddenly sounds more like the Cold War! Aaah, so many exclamation marks!
God, this is exhausting.