By Gary M. Beckman
This paintings offers complete translations of greater than 50 files from the documents of the "foreign workplace" of the Hittite Empire: 21 treaties, 18 diplomatic letters, and 18 royal edicts and miscellaneous documents in regards to the kin of the Hittites with their Anatolian and Syrian vassals, in addition to with different nice powers resembling Egypt, Assyria, and Babylonia. initially composed in Hittite or within the Akkadian lingua franca of the day, lots of those texts have by no means prior to seemed in English. A brief creation areas every one record in its ancient and cultural context, and a common essay acquaints the reader with the diplomatic perform of the past due Bronze Age. This choice of records is a big resource publication for historians of the traditional close to East and for college kids of cuneiform and Biblical legislation. it's going to additionally end up precious for these investigating the connection among Biblical covenant theology and its attainable antecedents in older close to jap treaty styles.
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Nonetheless, Suppiluluma sought to preserve the digtory, receiving his submission in the city of Alalah in the land of Mukish to the north. The text is not complete, but relatively little has been lost. It appears that only three topics were included among the stipulations: the right of Niqto retain fugitives from the forces of his local enemies (§3), the of Ugarit (§§4-5), and an alliance between Ugarit and Hatti, in very general terms (§6). However, we learn from other documents (Nos. 28 and 31B) that a rather large tribute was imposed on Ugarit.
S 17'-20') [If the population of a its women, its goods, and its large and the land of Kizzuwatna, [Paddatissu] mui to the Great King. 1 I J ' f j . 1 _ __ t 't ^ . „ ^ . „ y v ^ U . 'Mii.. are busy with herding — [then whatever] trustworthy Hittite lay ask for an oath [will swear an oath about this], and the t be returned. And if someone of the land of Kizzuwatna its goods, has set out and has entered [Hatti]," but the population of the settlement, including its women, has by no means set out, and if trustworthy man of the land of Kizzuwatna [the Great King] may ask [for an oath] will swear an oath about this, and the women must be returned.
42 Hittite Diplomatie Texts §11 (A rev. 22-27) And I Great King, King of Hatti, will revive the dead land of Mittanni, and I will restore it to its place. You shall not again act independently, nor transgress your treaty, nor shall you seek further territories for yourselves. Prince Piyassili and Prince Shattiwaza — their territories [will be . . ] for one another. If a city of Prince Piyassili writes secretly to its messenger and send him to Piyassili, his brother. ) manner to a city of Piyassili.