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Letter from the King of Mari to the King of Ebla

Cast of the original cuneiform tablet
c. 2400-2350 B.C.
Rome, Museo del Vicino Oriente, Università “La Sapienza”
Inv. TM.75.G.2367


Mari, on the Middle Euphrates, was for a millennium a great centre of trade between Mesopotamia and the Syrian and Mediterranean area. From Syria arrived wine, a precious drink destined to royal tables and courts.