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Amarna letter EA 15

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Amarna letter EA 15

Amarna letter EA 15, titled: "Assyria Joins the International Scene" is a shorter-length clay tablet Amarna letter from Ashur-uballit I of the "Land of Assyria", (line 3 of EA 15). He addresses the Pharaoh in line 1, the "King (of) Land Miṣri-(Egypt)", thus the use of "Land (of) Assyria".

Contents

This short letter is synoptic with much information. It discusses the Assyrian messenger's reason for going to Egypt, "to see" the land, and report back to the Assyrian king. The letter speaks of a short history of not sending a messenger, or the two kingdoms talking, for some recent times. Besides the duties of the messenger to see, and report back, a list of "greeting gifts", shulmani, or "peace-gifts" are sent by Ashur-uballit I to the Pharaoh.

EA 15: "Assyria Joins the International Scene"

EA 15, letter one of two from Assyria. (Not a linear, line-by-line translation.)

(Lines 1-6)--Say to the king of the land of E[gypt]: Thus Aššur-ubal[lit, the king of the land of (the god) A]ššur. For you, your household, for your land, your chariot-forces, your armies, may all be well. (7-15)--I have sent my messenger to you to visit you and to visit your land. Up to now, my predecessors have not written; today, I have written to you. [I] send you a splendid chariot, 2 horses, and 1 date-stone of genuine lapis lazuli as your greeting gift (shulmani). (16-22)--Do [no]t delay the messenger whom I have sent to you for a visit. He should visit and then leave for here. He should see what you are like and what your land is like, and then leave for here.--(complete, with minor lacunas, lines 1-22)

Akkadian text

The Akkadian language text:

Akkadian:

Obverse:

(Line 1)--A-na 1.diš-LUGAL KUR Mi-iṢ-(sa)-Ri-(Egypt) (2)--qi-bi-[ ma ] (3)--umma 1.An-A-Šur-TI-L[A LUGAL KUR dA ]-ŠuR-ma (4)--ana ka-ša É-ka ana KUR-ka (5)--ana giš-GIGIR-MEŠ-ka ù ERIM-MEŠ-ka (6)--lu-ú šul-mu segue: (7)--DUMU ši-ip-ri-ia al-tap-ra-ak-ku (8)--ana a-ma-ri-ka ù KUR-ka ana a-ma-ri (9)--adi an-ni-ša ab-ba-ú-ia (10)--lā iš-pu-ru segue: (11)--u4-ma a-na-ku al-tap-ra-ak-ku (12)--1.-giš-GIGIR SIG5-ta 2.-ANŠE.KUR.RA.MEŠ (13)--[ ù ] NA4-ú-hi-na ša NA4-ZA.GÌN KUR-e (14)--[ a-n]a šul-ma-ni-ka (15)--[ ú ]-še-bi-la-[ ku ]

Lower Edge:

(16)--[ DUMU ši- ]-ip-ri ša aš-pu-ra-ku-ni (17)--ana a-ma-ri

Reverse:

(18)--[ l]ā tu4-ka-[ as ]-sú (19)--[ l]i-mu-ur ù li-it-tal-ka (20)--[ ṭ]e-em-ka ù ṭe-em (21)--ma-ti-ka li-mur (22)--ù li-it-ta-al-ka

References

Amarna letter EA 15 Wikipedia


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