The social and Economic Roles Played by the Women of Alashiya

Authored by: Louise Steel

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910


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The wind drove me to the land of Alashiya. The inhabitants of the town came out to kill me. I pushed myself between them to the place where Hatiba, the princess of the town, was. I found her after she came forth from one house of hers and was entering into another. I greeted her and said to the people standing near her: “Is there no one amongst you who understands the language of Egypt”. One amongst them said: “I understand”. I said to him: “Tell my mistress, I have heard as far (away) as Thebes, the place where Amun is, ‘In every town wrong is done, (but) that in the land of Alashiya right is done’. Does one now do wrong daily here?” She said: “Oh, what is this that you have said?” I said to her: “If the sea rages and the wind drives me to the place in which you are, would you let them receive me so as to kill me, although I am the messenger of Amun? They will look for me to the end of days. As for the crew of the prince of Byblos which they seek to kill, will not its lord find ten crews with you and kill them himself?” She had the people summoned and they were pulled up. She said to me: “Be at ease!” 1

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