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Zita was a Hittite prince and probably the brother of Suppiluliuma I, (Šuppiluliumaš of the letters), in the 382–letter correspondence called the Amarna letters. The letters were mostly sent to the
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-state letters, and epics, also word texts, are part of the letter corpus. Zita had a son called Hatupiyanza. Zita's letter to the Egyptian pharaoh is addressed to someone at the Egyptian court.


Zita's letter to Egypt


EA 44, title: "From a Hittite prince"

In the Amarna letters, Zita is only referenced in EA 44, his own letter, ( EA is for 'el
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'). The topic of Zita's letter is his desire for gold, and his sending of a "greeting-gift" as his payment, for a return greeting-gift of gold. Tablet-letter: EA 44: :"Say to the lord, the king of Egypt-(named: Mizri), my father: Thus ''Zi '', the king's son, your son. :May all go well with the lord, my father. :On an earlier embassy-(visit) of any of your
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, they came to
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, and when they went back to you, then it was I–that sent greetings to you and had a present brought to you. :... : ..Herewith 'I send on''to you your messengers (coming) [from] Hatti, and I also send to my father my own messengers–along with your messengers, and I send as your Greeting-gift (Šulmānī), greeting-gift a present of 16 men. :I myself am desirous of gold. [M]y father, send me gold. Whatever you, the lord, my father, are desirous of, write me so I can send it to you." -EA 44, lines 1-29 (lines 14-17+ are missing-(a Lacuna (manuscripts), lacuna))


See also

* Suppiluliuma I *Greeting-gift (Šulmānī) * Amarna letters


References

*William L. Moran, Moran, William L. ''The Amarna Letters.'' Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987, 1992. (softcover, ) {{DEFAULTSORT:Zita Amarna letters writers Hittite people 14th-century BC people