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03/10/2020 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

CANCELLED: The “Hunger Years” and the “Sea Peoples”:

Preliminary Observations on the Recently Published Letters from the “House of Urtenu” Archive at Ugarit

Yoram Cohen

Note: This event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience. My paper focusses on the historical information that the newly published letters from the "House of Urtenu" reveal to us. I will make use of them in order to support the following thesis: 1.) that a very serious hunger beset Ugarit and her neighbours during the activity of the Urtenu archive, and 2.) that subsequently, Ugarit, along with other vassal states of the Hittite Empire, had to contend with various enemies, among whom were the Sea Peoples, who indeed came from the sea, as will be demonstrated, and not from inner Syria, and who eventually brought about the end of Ugarit.
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