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Letters of the great kings of the ancient Near East : the royal correspondence of the late Bronze Age

Author: Trevor Bryce
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2003.
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"From numerous surviving letters, we know that the Great Kings of the ancient Near East wrote to each other on a regular basis. The kings often appear pompous, arrogant and petty in their dealings with one another. But their correspondence played a major role in the international diplomacy of the period, underpinning a number of the pacts made between them." "Professor Bryce uses the royal letters as the focus of a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Records and correspondence
Sources
Correspondance
Correspondence
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Trevor Bryce
ISBN: 041525857X 9780415258579 9780203504987 0203504984
OCLC Number: 52159937
Description: xi, 253 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Setting the scene. The main players: the five great kingdoms. The interaction of the players: imperial administration and international relationships --
The letters and their themes. Letters and messengers. The club of royal brothers. Gift-exchanges. The marriage market. Sending for the doctor --
Historical episodes. The Syrian principalities. The warlords of Amurru. Hittite frontier correspondence. An extraordinary request. Letter to a Mycenaean king. The elusive Urhi-teshub --
Last days.
Responsibility: Trevor Bryce.
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From the 17th to the twelfth centuries BCE, the five Great Kings of Egypt, Babylon, Hatti, Mitanni and Assyria frequently communicated by letter. Many of these letters survive to the present day.  Read more...

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'a very useful chronology... Bryce gathers and condenses an enormous amount of primary literature that allows the reader almost unfettered access to the world of the Late Bronze Age.' - Classics Read more...

 
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