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Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations Hardcover – December 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801861993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801861994
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The breadth of the scholarly expertise here is remarkable and certainly sheds new light on an ancient and rather arcane body of texts." -- William G. Dever, MESA Bulletin



"Fascinating reading not only for specialists on the history of the ancient Near East but for all who are interested in the making and working of international politics in general." -- Archiv orientální



"This is an important volume for any scholar of the ancient Near East." -- Religious Studies Review

About the Author

Raymond Cohen is a professor of international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Raymond Westbrook is a professor of ancient Near Eastern languages and literature at the Johns Hopkins University.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Fluty on April 10, 2009
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This book is a collection of essays that began as contributions to a conference about the relationships between rulers in the Middle East during the 14th Century BCE, as drawn from the Amarna Letters. The Amarna Letters are a group of documents inscribed on clay tablets that were found in 1897 in the ruins of Akhetaten, the capital city of Pharaoh Akhenaten, at a site now called El-Amarna. These were letters between various rulers of Great Powers and governors of lesser powers around the Middle East, and the Pharaoh of Egypt. Some of them appear to date to the reign of Akhenaten, some to the reign of his father, Amenhotep III, and others appear to date somewhat later. Most are written in the Akkadian language in cuneiform script, which was the "lingua franca" of its day. They provide a remarkable "up close and personal" picture of the most important people of their day and their interactions.
From these letters, this group of scholars have drawn fascinating inferences about the nature of international law, relations, policy, and even spying and political intrigue among the great and little powers of the world as it was 3300 years ago. It is interesting to see how far we have come, how different international relations are today - and yet, how some things have not changed all that much.
This is a scholarly work, not light reading, but very interesting to anyone with an interest in history or international law and diplomacy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. B. Baldwin on August 2, 2013
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The ins and outs of the relations between the Pharoahs of the late 18th Dynasty and the rulers of foriegn lands as well as the internal diplomacy by those under the Egyptian rule is discusse by a series of wssays on varios aspects of the intricate relationship between the pharoahs and these others in the late 18th Dynasty. t is a must read for those inthat era when Egypt was a msjor player in the world of the Ancient Middle East. Ankh em Ma'at.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniela on October 23, 2013
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Well.I was disappointed by this book because whilst its nice that scholars met in nice villa in Florence to discuss these letters I thought that this book will offer actual translations and examples of letters.I feel like I am reading a reviews of a product which I have never seen .I found first 70 pages particualry boring and only managed to get through them because I was on the train for 6 hours and had nothing better to do .I am now on page 130 which is bit better but I am still dissapointed after wanted to buy this book for a year, However other people may like it so if you like reading scholarly opinions feel free to buy it.
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