Petrie, William M. Flinders
Syria and Egypt from the Tell el Amarna letters — London, 1898

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SYRIA AND EGYPT

FROM THE

TELL EL AMARNA LETTERS

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTION

i. During the age of the decline of
Egyptian power in Syria, when the great
conquests of Tahutmes I. were all gradually
lost, a splendid store of information was laid
by for us in the cuneiform correspondence at
Tell el Amarna. The clay tablets, mostly
from Syria, but with a few duplicates of
letters from Egypt, were deposited in " The
place of the records of the palace of the
king," as it is called upon the stamped bricks
which I found still remaining there. A few
years ago the natives, while plundering about
the ruins and carrying off Akhenaten's bricks
for their modern nouses, lit upon this record
chamber containing many hundreds of tab-
lets. These were shown to dealers; they

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