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Title: The Men of Arwad, Mercenaries of the Sea
Author(s): VIDAL, Jordi
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 65    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2008   
Pages: 5-15
DOI: 10.2143/BIOR.65.1.2030875

Abstract :
The Amarna Letters describe a convulsive political scenario in the 14th century BCE, with frequent disputes and armed conflicts between the small kingdoms in the area. Within this context, the importance granted by some of these letters to the island of Arwad and its fleet is surprising. This paper seeks to describe the causes that explain the military importance of Arwad, the war actions its ships were involved in and the nature of the existing link between Arwad and the main military power of the time, Amurru.

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