Letters of the Great Kings of the Ancient Near East [Paperback]

Trevor Bryce (Author)

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ISBN: 9780415642347 | Published by: Routledge | Year of Publication: 2012 | Language: English 253p, 3 maps, 4 b/w figs

Letters of the Great Kings of the Ancient Near East


`There is no king who, just by himself, is truly powerful.' This statement reflects the situation in the Near East at the beginning of the second millennium BC. From the 17th to 12th century BC the Near East was governed by five main kingdoms, the Hatti of central Anatolia, the Mitanni of Upper Mesopotamia and Northern Syria, the Assyrians of Northen Mesopotamia, the Kassite kingdom of Babylonia and Egypt. In this study, Trevor Bryce examines the correspondence between these kingdoms, one of the earliest examples of complex diplomacy in the ancient world. The letters that were sent between kings not only provide evidence on historical events, but also reveal insights into the personalities and concerns of the senders and recipients. Combining extracts from letters with commentary and discussion, Bryce examines the logistics of communication, the role of diplomats, envoys and messengers, the hazards of travel by land and sea, the protocols, customs and values required. Whether cponfirming marriage alliances, exchanging gifts or discussing political crises this is an excellent study of an important source of Late Bronze Age diplomacy.

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