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The Amarna Letters
An ancient inscription identified some of the ruins at el Amarna as "The Place of the Letters of the Pharaoh." Discovered there, circa 1887, were nearly four hundred cuneiform tablets containing correspondence of the Egyptian court with rulers of neighboring states in the mid-fourteenth century B.C. Previous translations of these letters were both incomplete and reflected ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published January 1st 1992)
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A valuable resource, but I think I learnt more from commentaries on the letters than reading the actual letters. I wanted a bit more data to be provided about the letters (such as, who is believed to have sent them, who they are addressed to). As for the letters themselves, some are entertaining (the king of Babylonia's "geography lesson", for example), but others are tedious (itemised lists from dowries, the endless letters of complaint from Rib-Hadda), which resulted in me skimming. Still, a w ...more
For anyone interested in the happenings of the ANE (from Egypt to Canaan to Hatti to Babylon) in the so-called "Amarna Period" (c. 1350 BCE), this is a must have. Frequently, students of history (have to) rely on secondary literature to draw conclusions about peoples and periods, but having access to the Amarna letters in English all in one (reasonable priced) volume is a huge boon to any historian's work. Translations occur from a variety of translators, each providing helpful notes with each l ...more
Translated from the clay tablet letters of the 14th century B.C., the letters give an insight into correspondence between the tribal leaders of the lands under Egyptian influence. These letters are written just prior to the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites.