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Old October 28th, 2011, 02:36 AM   #1
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Ancient Egypt versus ancient China


Back in 2113 BC, Yu the Great (founder of the Xia Dynasty) prepares an army of 50,000 men and marches to the West. In Egypt, Pharaoh Intef II heard the news and prepared for battle. He managed to muster barely 40,000 men. The battle will be fought near the banks of river Nile. What will happen?
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Back in the good ol' days of ancient Egypt, it was nearly impossible to be invaded from the East, it happened only twice: by the Hyksos only. Yes, you will ask "What about the Assyrians and Persians?" I will answer, "Egypt was under the rule of Ethiopians when the Assyrians kicked in, and under the Greeks when the Persians kicked in."

All you need is few forts on the Sinai peninsula and you will secure Egypt.

And as the Arabic saying goes... "Egypt is the grave yard of invaders."
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It's a terrible long way from China to Egypt. I should think the Chinese army would be too exhausted to do any fighting by the time they got there. Probably they would all be ready for a nice drink of beer, which the egyptians had a lot of.
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The fight was in Egyptian land so, imagine who is winner !!!
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It's a terrible long way from China to Egypt. I should think the Chinese army would be too exhausted to do any fighting by the time they got there. Probably they would all be ready for a nice drink of beer, which the egyptians had a lot of.
It is a long way from Greece to India but Alexander and his army did it.
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Egypt, simply because 'it's a home game'. The Chinese would have a logistcal nightmare and the Egyptian army of that particular time in history were experts at the cutting edge military technology, namely the chariots. These heavy weapons of the time would give the Egyptians the edge imho. The Egyptians would be more mobile and be able to 'pick away' at the larger Chinese army both offensively and logistically at will, much like what the Parthians did against Marcus Licinius Crassus's massive Roman army at the battle of Carrhae

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Well if you simply pit an Egyptian army against a Chinese army, I think the Chinese army would win, but under these circumstances I believe the Egyptians would have the home-team advantage.

It's funny to think of how similar both armies were in their weapons and tactics.
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It is a long way from Greece to India but Alexander and his army did it.
All along one single conquered state, almost two millennia after the timeframe of the OP...

IMHO our Louise has a good point here.
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All along one single conquered state, almost two millennia after the timeframe of the OP...

IMHO our Louise has a good point here.
It may have almost been two millenia afterwards, but they had hardly invented cars by then, had they?
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I don't see what a difference of two millenia makes. But on the other hand the Makedonians, as Sylla said, were only marching through one state, unlike these hypothetical Chinese.
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