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Il Laboratorio di Scienze dell’ Antichità

Sezione Informatica per le Lingue Antiche

October 29th 2013

The Deeds of Shuppiluliuma and the Amarna letters as sources for the end of the 18th dynasty: an Egyptological perspective

Daniele Salvoldi

The period between the death of Akhenaten (1351-1334 BC) and the accession of Horemheb (1306-1292 BC) is one of the most obscure of ancient Egyptian history, characterized by a series of co-regencies, short reigns, a female sovereign, a murdered Hittite prince, the apparent collapse of the Egyptian empire in the Near East and a plague. Egyptian sources, which are disturbed by the damnatio memoriae that affected the kings of the Amarna period, are integrated by some non-Egyptian documents of exceptional historical value: The Deeds of Shuppiluliuma, written in Hittite by king Murshili II in memory of his father, and the Amarna letters, the diplomatic correspondence in Accadian between the Egyptian pharaohs and the great kings of the Near East and the small principalities of Syria-Palestine.

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