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Pharaoh and his Brothers

"In the highly developed framework of international relationships during the Near Eastern Late Bronze Age, one central aspect is the concept of ''brotherhood'': In their correspondence, the kings of the major powers addressed each other as ''my brother'' as an expression of their equality. They employed familiar language as if they were real relatives. Nevertheless they never meet face-to-face. The personal contact between the royal courts was the task of the rulers'' envoys. New evidence for the way these men are passing through foreign countries, their itineraries, the size of delegations e.g. from Hatti, Amurru, Sidon and not least Egypt has been found in the archive of the Middle Assyrian relay station Harbe (modern Tall Huwera) in Northern Syria. A group of letters, written in the office of the Assyrian Grand Vizier, also reveals a snapshot of the political situation in the region between Egypt, Anatolia and Mesopotamia at the end of the 13th century B.C."

Author(s):  Jakob, Stefan
Format:  Article
Publisher:  British Museum
Publication City:  London
Source:  British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan (BMSAES)
Volume Info:  Oct-06
Volume:  6
Conference:  British Museum Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan's 2005 International Colloquium 'Egypt and the Hittites'