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    DescriptionAn 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 an imperfect understanding of the Babylonian dialects in which they were written. William Moran devoted a lifetime of study to the Amarna letters to prepare this authoritative English translation. The letters provide a vivid record of high-level diplomatic exchanges that, by modern standards, are often less than diplomatic. An Assyrian ruler complains that the Egyptian king's latest gift of gold was not even sufficient to pay the cost of the messengers who brought it. The king of Babylon refuses to give his daughter in marriage to the pharaoh without first having proof that the king's sister -- already one of the pharaoh's many wives -- is still alive and well. The king of Karaduniyash complains that the Egyptian court has "detained" his messenger -- for the past six years. And Egyptian vassal Rib-Hadda, writing from the besieged port of Byblos, repeatedly demands military assistance for his city or, failing that, an Egyptian ship to permit his own escape.


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    Title
    The Amarna Letters
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by William L. Moran
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801867156
    ISBN 10: 0801867150
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: DNF, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    DC21: 932
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2CSR
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, FOR002000
    B&T Approval Code: A20400000
    DC22: 492.1
    LC classification: 91020570
    Thema V1.0: NHB, DNL, NHC, NHHA
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 January 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    William L. Moran (1921-2000) was Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.
    Review quote
    The acknowledged master of these texts is William Moran, who produced a complete re-edition of the tablets, in French, in 1987. The Amarna Letters is a revised version of this, done into English. Open it, and hear these voices from a vanished empire speak after three and a half millennia. Times Literary Supplement Fascinating... The refined scholarship and mature pedagogy of a distinguished student of the ancient Near East. Libraries and Culture "A superb treatment of the Amarna Letters. Zeitschrift fur Assyriologie