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The Resource The Amarna letters, Edited by William L. Moran

The Amarna letters, Edited by William L. Moran

Label
The Amarna letters
Title
The Amarna letters
Statement of responsibility
Edited by William L. Moran
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Subject
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
  • 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.
  • 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
Biographical or historical data
William L. Moran (1921-2000) was Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
Dewey number
932
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Undergraduate
  • College Graduate Student and over
  • From 17
Literary form
essays
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Moran, William L
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  • General & world history
  • Ancient history: to c 500 CE
  • African history
  • Literary essays
  • History
  • Ancient history
  • General & world history
  • African history: pre-colonial period
  • Literary essays
Summary expansion
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 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
Target audience
specialized
Label
The Amarna letters, Edited by William L. Moran
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Publication
Note
Paperback. Trade paperback (US). Text (eye-readable)
Control code
9780801867156
Dimensions
23x15x3 cm.
Extent
448 p.
Isbn
9780801867156
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
b&w, ill.
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The Amarna letters, Edited by William L. Moran
Publication
Note
Paperback. Trade paperback (US). Text (eye-readable)
Control code
9780801867156
Dimensions
23x15x3 cm.
Extent
448 p.
Isbn
9780801867156
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
b&w, ill.
Specific material designation
regular print

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