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Khopesh: Den rike mannens yxa?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Egyptology.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Khopesh : The rich man's ax? (English)
Abstract [en]

With its exotic appearance and depictions in ancient Egyptian art and literature, the curved sword referred to as ’khopesh’ has been the source of much speculation. While its actual use as a weapon of war is debated, as is its level of effectiveness, there can be no doubt that it was a highly prestigious symbol of power. This essay aims to shed light on not only the practical aspects of such a weapon but also to delve into the cultural and in particular royal ideological roles. This is achieved through studying textual sources, representations in art and preserved examples of the weapon. Comparisons will also be made with other contemporary bladed weapons in Egypt and its vicinity. Aspects of metallurgy which allows for the making of swords will also be touched upon.

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2017. , 24 p.
Keyword [en]
sword, khopesh, khepesh, kepesh, bronze, warfare
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-333007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-333007DiVA: diva2:1154806
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Available from: 2017-11-06 Created: 2017-11-05 Last updated: 2017-11-06Bibliographically approved

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