Purported statement made by Tiglath-Pileser I on setting out in 1114 BCE to retake the Levantine coastal settlements lost by his father following the 1133 Battle of Qadesh. Tiglath-Pileser had fewer than five thousand trained soldiers at his command and his opponent the Egyptian pharaoh Djutmose V had rebuilt the Egyptian army impressively. The Assyrians met with remarkable success at first, partly because their spies had deceived the Hittites into thinking Tiglath-Pileser was only interested in keeping the peace. However, a surprise naval assault by a combined force of Achaians and Wilusans forced Tiglath-Pileser to retreat."The more ill-conceived the plan the greater its likelihood of success."
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