Battle of Megiddo (ca. 1457 B.C.)Battle of Megiddo (ca. 1457 B.C.) - The first battle which can be confirmed by contemporary records is the Battle of Megiddo. It was fought between Egypt under Pharaoh Thutmose III and an alliance of Canaanite cities led by the ruler of Kadesh and backed by the king of Mitanni. The cities of the Levant were vassal states of Egypt and attempted to break free of its dominance. Pharaoh's scribe, Tjaneni, recorded the account on the halls of the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Tjaneni places the date of the battle as being fought on the 21st day of the first month of the 23rd year of Thutmose III's reign. That probably puts it in the year 1457 B.C., though some historians date it earlier. This would appear to ignore Hatshepsut's reign since she was supposed to be regent while Thutmose came of age. Egypt was not only victorious, it expanded its territory and influence in the region. The record reads as if Thutmose routed the enemy and led his forces heroically in the process. That may be true, though the pharaoh likely benefited from some good PR on the part of his scribe. Because of the contemporary account, many people consider the Battle of Megiddo to be the first verifiable battle in recorded history; though certainly it was not the first ever battle between nations.