Assyrian business letter, made of baked clay and dates to between circa 1850 and circa 1700 BC (Old Assyrian).
Around 20,000 clay tablets were found at the site of Kültepe (ancient Kanesh). Such a large find indicates that the city had an extensive commercial quarter, where foreign Assyrian merchants lived and operated during the 19th century BC. Sent from Itur-ili in Assyria to Ennam-Ashur in Kanesh, this letter concerns the important trade in precious metals.
Itur-ili, the senior partner, offers wise words of advice to Ennam-Ashur: “This is important; no dishonest man must cheat you! So do not succumb to drink!”
Courtesy & currently located at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA.
“ Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. ”
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