Amarna tablets
Tel-el-Amarna Tel`-el-A*mar"na, n. [Ar., hill of Amarna.] A station on the Nile in Egypt, midway between Thebes and Memphis, forming the site of the ancient city of Akhetaton, capital of Amenophis IV. (Akhenaton, or Amenhotep IV., of the 18th dynasty, king 1353-1336 B. C.), whose archive chamber was discovered there during extensive excavations in 1887-1888. A collection of about 300 clay tablets (called the

{Tel-el-Amarna tablets}, or the {Amarna tablets}) was found here, forming the diplomatic correspondence (

{Tel-el-Amarna letters}) of Amenophis IV. and his father, Amenophis III., with the kings of Asiatic countries (such as Babylonia, Assyria, and Palestine), written in cuneiform characters. It is an important source of our knowledge of Asia from about 1400 to 1370 b. c.. The name of the site is also spelled {Tell-el-Amarna}, {Tell el Amarna}, and {Tel Amarna}. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]


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  • The Tell El-Amarna Tablets —     The Tell el Amarna Tablets     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Tell el Amarna Tablets     The Tell el Amarna Tablets are a collection of some 350 clay tablets found in 1887 amid the ruins of the ancient Egyptian city of Akhetaton (modern Tell… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Tel-el-Amarna tablets — Tel el Amarna Tel el A*mar na, n. [Ar., hill of Amarna.] A station on the Nile in Egypt, midway between Thebes and Memphis, forming the site of the ancient city of Akhetaton, capital of Amenophis IV. (Akhenaton, or Amenhotep IV., of the 18th… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tell el-Amarna Tablets, The — • A collection of some 350 clay tablets found in 1887 amid the ruins of the ancient Egyptian city of Akhetaton Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Amarna letters — The Amarna letters (sometimes Amarna correspondence or Amarna tablets ) are an archive of correspondence on clay tablets, mostly diplomatic, between the Egyptian administration and its representatives in Canaan and Amurru during the New Kingdom.… …   Wikipedia

  • Amarna-Briefe — EA 161 (Vorderseite), Aziru von Amurru an den Pharao Bei den sogenannten Amarna Briefen (auch Amarna Archiv) handelt es sich um einen umfangreichen Fund an Tontafeln in akkadischer Keilschrift des Palastarchives des Pharao Echnaton aus seiner… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Amarna — The site of Amarna (commonly known as el Amarna or incorrectly as Tel el Amarna; see below) (Arabic: العمارنة al ‘amārnah ) is located on the east bank of the Nile River in the modern Egyptian province of Minya, some 58 km (38 miles) south of the …   Wikipedia

  • Amarna-Archiv — EA 161 (Vorderseite), Aziru von Amurru an den Pharao Bei den sogenannten Amarna Briefen (auch Amarna Archiv) handelt es sich um einen umfangreichen Fund an Tontafeln in akkadischer Keilschrift des Palastarchives des Pharao Echnaton aus seiner… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Amarna — /euh mahr neuh/, adj. (sometimes l.c.) of or pertaining to the period in ancient Egyptian history described on cuneiform tablets (Amarna tablets) that were found in 1887 at Tell el Amarna and contain the correspondence (Amarna letters) from… …   Universalium

  • amarna — əˈmärnə adjective Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: from Tell el Amarna, ancient station on the Nile river bet. Thebes and Memphis, Egypt : of or belonging to the period of time about 1375 1360 B.C. that is described on the ancient Egyptian… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Amarna, Tell el- — Ancient city, Egypt. Located midway between Thebes and Memphis on the Nile River, it was built in the 14th century BC by the Egyptian king (pharaoh) Akhenaton, who moved his subjects there in order to found a new monotheistic religion. Artifacts… …   Universalium

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