Whacked by the great cane of pharaoh


A story of the taking of Joppa is recorded on Papyrus Harris 500 in the British Museum. It was likely written at the end of the second millennium BC and the story goes like this:

During the reign of Thutmose III (mid-15th c BC), the city of Joppa rebelled against Egypt. This prompted the journey of Djehuti, an Egyptian representative, to Joppa. With him was an army and the "great cane" (some kind of magical stick) of the Pharaoh. 

Rather than attack the city directly, Djehuti managed to arrange a private drinking meeting in the field with the leader of Joppa. When everyone was sufficiently inebriated, Djehuti showed off the "great cane." Then he whacked Joppa's leader over the head with it!

Djehuti proceeded to sneak 600 soldiers hidden in sealed sacks inside the city gate. Once inside, the soldiers jumped out and captured the rebellious city.

Reading this I can't help but think of tale of the Trojan Horse. Such stories of intrigue and stealth are popular to this day.

Pictured here is Area A of Joppa's tell. This area produced one of the largest assemblages of Egyptian pottery found in the Heartland.  The gate structure here has been recreated and marked with the royal symbols of Ramesses II ("the Great").

See the fuller story of the cane whacking here.


Join Mark and Vicki for a Mediterranean experience of your own. I promise no one will whack you over the head while cruising aboard the Celebrity Reflection in October, 2018. See the link here for details. We'll be visiting the ports of Rome, Malta, Rhodes, Santorini, and Athens among others.