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There's multiple background of the world.

sooner than technology outlined the trendy age, different powers, wondrous and magical, as soon as ruled the universe, their lore perfected inside a misplaced capital of hieroglyphs, wizard-kings, and incredible monuments, no longer Egypt -- yet Ægypt.

What if it have been quite so?

within the Nineteen Seventies, a historian named Pierce Moffett strikes to the recent England geographical region to write down a ebook approximately Ægypt, pushed via an idea he dare now not think -- that the actual legislation of the universe as soon as replaced and should swap back. but the thought isn't his by myself. anything waits on the locked property of Fellowes Kraft, writer of romances approximately Will Shakespeare and Giordano Bruno and Dr. John Dee, anything for which Pierce and people close to him have lengthy sought with out realizing it, a key, might be, to Ægypt. proudly offers the definitive textual content of John Crowley's Ægypt, newly edited and corrected in session with the author.

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Text 98). Contrary to earlier speculation, incoming international correspondence in Akkadian was not translated into the local language in writing before it was read to the king. Instead, incoming letters in the Ugaritic language from Ḫatti and Egypt found at Ugarit are evidence that in these foreign courts there were scribes capable of drafting letters in Ugaritic (Niehr 2006, 265). 8. 1. International Diplomatic Correspondence This category comprised letters between the heads of state—that is, kings—or their ministers and in some cases between queens or princes.

Sometimes individuals were . For the carrier of international diplomatic correspondence, see Oller “Messengers and Ambassadors in Ancient Western Asia,” CANE 3, 1465–73; and Meier 1988. INTRODUCTION 15 picked because they or their families had a special relationship or connection with the recipient’s country or court. There are many instances in the El-Amarna correspondence of rulers requesting specific individuals whom they knew and trusted to be sent to them. In diplomatic contexts a messenger who had built a rapport with the recipient could be a valuable asset to the sender.

2. Ugaritic Corpus Letters recovered in the excavations at Ras Shamra (ancient Ugarit) include ones written in Akkadian and in the alphabetic script used for the Ugaritic language. The examples of international correspondence were predominantly written in Akkadian. Important studies of Ugaritic letters in the alphabetic script have been made by Dennis Pardee (1987) and by his student Robert Hawley (2003).

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