Amurrites and Where to Find Them (Episode 123)

Abdi-Ashirta and the Rise of Amurru.

In the later years of Amunhotep III (father of Akhenaten) and the early years of Akhenaten himself, events in the north began to trouble the royal court. The Egyptian empire, long established in Canaan and Syria, was under threat. Great powers were rising, and regional vassals were starting to fight among themselves. Into this milieu, a man named Abdi-Ashirta began to make waves…

Episode date c.1365-1360 BCE.

Music by Derek and Brandon Fiechter.

Intro music by Keith Zizza.

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A map of the Levant c.1370 – 1330 BCE, including wars related to Canaanite and Amurrite kingdoms.
An example of the Amarna Letters (Wikimedia).
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The name of Abdi-Ashirta (“Ashirta’s Servant”) in cuneiform Akkadian (Wikimedia).
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Decorative tiles from the Malqata Palace of Amunhotep III: an Amurrite/Amorite at right (Wikimedia).
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Syrians (Amorites?) leading an elephant, a bear and carrying ivory and copper ingots, from the tomb of Rekhmire at Thebes (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

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