RAMSES II-HITTITE EMPIRE

The Hittite Empire under the leader Muwatalli was one of Ramses' main foes. He fought them at the Battle of Kadesh, probably the most famous of Ramses' military career. The empire was located around modern-day Turkey, rivaling Egypt in the most powerful empire after Akhenaten lost imperial control of the Middle East lands that Egypt controlled. Muwatalli was a fierce match for Ramses, and the two rulers signed a treaty ending years of conflict. Ramses capped it off by marrying Maathorneferure, a Hittite princess. At the empire's height, it stretched from the Black Sea to near Jerusalem and Israel, through Turkey and down the coast.
Muwatalli commanded a powerful and advanced military force against Ramses. His empire was the largest in Asia Minor, ruled from a city called Hattusa. The Empire recruited many former Egyptian cities, one of Ramses ll's main excuses to attack the Hittite Empire.
HITTITE EMPIRE AT PEAK UNDER SUPPILULIUMA I
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