The performance is the brainchild of associate professor of archaeology Laurel Bestock, who uses the event to challenge students to learn the history and to understand how to interpret the historical record.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, the thwack of Masonite on cardboard and blood-curdling war cries will ring out across the Quiet Green as the armies of Ramesses the Great and Muwatalli II fight for control of the ancient city of Kadesh, just as they did 3,300 years ago and 5,400 miles away.

Well, actually, the armies will be students in associate professor of archaeology Laurel Bestock's Ancient Egyptian Warfare course. And Kadesh will look an awful lot like Manning Chapel.

Cecil B. DeMille, eat your heart out.

In 1274 B.C.E. the army commanders of two Bronze Age superpowers, Ramesses the Great and the Hittite King Mutawalli, were jousting for control of what is now Syria and Lebanon. Bestock's students will be fighting for 30 percent of their final grade.