Treaty between Hattushili III and Ramesses II
Artifact: Clay tablet
Provenience: Hattusa, modern Boghazköi
Period: Middle Babylonian (ca. 1400-1000 BC)
Current location: Archaeological Museum, Istanbul
Text genre, language: Treaty; Akkadian
Description: In Langdon’s 1920 edition of the text, he expresses, "Archaeology has no more romantic coincidence to show than the recovery in the heart of Asia Minor, a thousand miles away across the Mediterranean, of those two clay tablets reproducing in Babylonian language and writing the self-same treaty that Ramesses II had commemorated upon hieroglyphic stelae in his Theban temples."
In 1259 the treaty was concluded between the Hittite and Egyptian rulers, whose kingdoms had previously been at odds over territory in the Levant.
Lineart:Keilschrifttexte aus Bogazhköi I. Figulla, H.H., E. Forrer and E.F. Weidner. Leipzig. (1923) No. 7, pp. 33-35.
Edition(s):“The treaty of alliance between Hattushili, King of the Hittites, and the Pharaoh Ramesses II of Egypt”. S. Langdon and Alan H. Gardiner. The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Jul. 1920).