The gal mesedi was a Hittite military and administrative title literally meaning "chief of the royal bodyguards". It is considered to be one of the most important and prestigious posts of the Hittite Kingdom.
The gal mesedi was a commander responsible for the safety of the king himself. On most cases he was a member of the royal family and sometimes the brother of the king, whom he sometimes succeeded as in the case of Hattusili III, who before becoming a king was the gal mesedi of his brother, King Muwatalli II. A gal mesedi could also at times command independent military units that weren't under the king's jurisdiction.
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