A letter of complaint between brothers

The texts on the tablets, written in the Old Assyrian
dialect of Akkadian, describe the Assyrians bringing
textiles and tin to Anatolia on the backs of donkeys,
and trading it with the locals for silver and gold.
This letter is from Ashur-malik to his brother
Ashur-idi complaining that, although winter has already
come, he and his family have been left in Ashur without
food, clothes or fuel. Lack of space obliged him to
finish his letter on a small supplementary tablet.
Often, as in this case, the tablet was encased in a clay envelope.

1900 BC

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