Syrial royal tomb discovered

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Syrial royal tomb discovered

Postby Quintus Aurelius Orcus on Fri Feb 04, 2005 12:46 pm


King Idanda of Qatna faced imminent attack. A great army—archers in chariots and foot soldiers with swords and axes—was marching toward his city in western Syria. For some 350 years a shrewd system of alliances had helped Qatna survive as a wealthy center of trade at a crossroads for donkey caravans. But now, circa 1340 B.C., small kingdoms like Qatna were being overrun by Hittites from the north, Hurrians from the nearby kingdom of Mitanni, and Egyptians from the south, all fighting for control of Syria. "Don't be in despair! I will protect you!" promised a local king in a letter written to King Idanda. "Strengthen the city of Qatna until I will come!" encouraged another ally.
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