The lecture focuses on the royal diplomatic correspondence of the Egyptian pharaohs in the 14th century B.C., including the heretic king Akhenaten. These clay tablets, known as the Amarna letters, document the Egyptian foreign affairs and explore the diplomatic, dynastic, and commercial connections between Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Mediterranean world during the Late Bronze Age.
The 2006 Cesnola Lecture co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-San Francisco
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The First International Era: Trade and Diplomacy in the Late Bronze Age and Near East
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Dr. Steven Garfinkle
Free to the public after museum admission