The Amarna Letters

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The Amarna Tablets, also known as the Amarna Letters, are a group of documents found near the modern Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna. These tablets were part of a collection of diplomatic documents between foreign countries during the Amarna Period (the time of cultural and artistic shifts in ancient Egyptian history when Akhenaten was Pharaoh) of New Kingdom Egypt. All written in Akkadian, the Semitic language of the ancient Mesopotamians and the ligua franca of the period, these documents provide important clues to early diplomatic relations in ancient times as well as important political shifts in the region.

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Welcome to the Amarna Letters Blog, dedicated to educating individuals about the ancient history of the Mediterranean world. Hopefully, this blog will be updated regularly with information on the people of the ancient Mediterranean world, their languages, and the archaeology that is being done today. Each blog article will provide a link (click the image above) to a website that is relatively reliable about each subject to provide further reading. If you have any further questions, please do not be afraid to comment!

Now, keep in mind that this blog is being updated by a University student. The schedule of anyone in college is not necessarily the best to keep a blog updated so do not get upset if posts sometimes seem short.

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