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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds So this week, we’ve seen how Egypt are managing to hold their own in the ancient Near East. They’re interested in the Syria-Palestinian lands, and it’s the Mitannians who were their traditional enemies, but not anymore. They’re fostering relationships through the Amarna letters. We’ve read those documents, and we can see how those first very important international correspondences between these states show how diplomacy worked. So things look relatively peaceful for them, but there’s trouble on the horizon. We’ve got another superpower, based in Anatolia, ancient Turkey, they Hittites. What’s going to happen next week is that some of these powers are going to rise, some of these powers are going to fall.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds Some of these powers are going to come into direct contact with each other, with explosive consequences.

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This week we have seen how the Mittanians and Egyptians have reached a mutual understanding which is demonstrated by the Armana letters.

Glenn tell us that this age of diplomacy is about the change with the introduction of the Hittites. He also mentions that some of the powers will rise and some will fall. Which powers do you think will be successful, and which will fail. Voice your opinion on the comments section.

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