Saturday, 21 May 2022

Khopesh - The Egyptian Sword that Forged an Empire

The Khopesh is an Egyptian sickle-sword that evolved from battle axes. The khopesh dates to at least 2500 BC. The weapons changed from bronze to iron in the New Kingdom period.
The earliest known depiction of a khopesh is from the Stele of Vultures, depicting King Eannatum of Lagash wielding the weapon.
The khopesh evolved from the epsilon or similar crescent-shaped axes. It is a sword that was actually a hybrid between a sword and an axe. The khopesh went out of use around 1300 BC. Various pharaohs are depicted with a khopesh, and some have been found in royal graves, such as two examples found with Tutankhamun. The khopesh was a solution to the limitations of bronze as a sword material. Bronze swords that were too long broke.