tel-el-amarna

Tel-el-Amarna

Tel`-el-A*mar"na\, n. [Ar., hill of Amarna.] A station on the Nile, midway between Thebes and Memphis, forming the site of the capital of Amenophis IV., whose archive chamber was discovered there in 1887. A collection of tablets (called the

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

Tel-el-Amarna letters) of Amenophis IV. and his father, Amenophis III., written in cuneiform characters. It is an important source of our knowledge of Asia from about 1400 to 1370 b. c..
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