Amarna tablets: Letters from foreign rulers to the pharaohs Amenhotep III and Akhenaten
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The Amarna Letters
Foreign envoys prostrating themselves before Horemheb (who is not shown in this illustration)
Letters found at el Amarna
These tablets from Retenu and Canaan document the decay of Egyptian influence in the Levant, how the supporters of the status quo were replaced, left to their own, insufficient, devices by their southern overlord. Local rulers pleaded for Egyptian help. So did at times the populace seemingly represented by a council
And now Dunip, your city weeps, and her tears are running, and there is no help for us. For 20 years we have been sending to our lord, the king, the king of Egypt, but there has not come to us a word from our lord, not one.
|Ancient Egypt and the Middle East|
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|These are just suggestions for further reading. I do not assume any responsibility for the content or availability of these sites|
|The el-Amarna letters: An introduction by Ian Hutchesson.|
|The Lab'aya Affair as seen in the el-Amarna letters - EA 253, EA 254, EA 252, EA 255, EA 287, EA 289, EA 237, EA 244, EA 245, EA 246, EA 250, EA 280|
|The Amarna Letters: The Jerusalem Correspondence (Translation by Charles E. Carter) - EA 280, EA 286, EA 288|
|Mineralogical and chemical studies of the Amarna tablets by Yuval Goren, Israel Finkelstein and Nadav Na'aman , Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel-Aviv University|
|The new datum of 1012 NC|
|Discovery of the Amarna Tablets by E.A. Wallis Budge|
|Amarna, Capital City of Ancient Egypt|
|Cartas de Amarna (in Spanish) by Jaime E. Cabria|
|Ägypten liegt nicht in der Nähe" - Diplomatie vor 3500 Jahren by PD Dr. Michael P. Streck|
|Amarna Letters Containing References to the Sea Peoples|
|The Encyclopedia of El Amarna Research Tool (The rest of this site is mostly about 'alternative' chronology)|
|The tomb of Ramose. View 47 shows foreigners being received by the vizier)|
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