Rough Diplomacy


Silk Road

The Silk Road was dominated at first by Chinese silk destined for European aristocracies and then spread to other commodities  beginning  around 250 BC. It has threaded through Afghanistan for centuries. Afghanistan’s location, equidistant between the China Sea and the Mediterranean, made it a strategic ancient crossroads. The silk Road is…

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The Amarna letters

The Amarna Letters are among some of the earliest known diplomatic records  written between pharaohs in the  Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and the Amurru rulers of Canaan during the 14th century BC. Following the Battle of Kadesh in c. 1274 BC during the Nineteenth dynasty, the pharaoh of Egypt and the…

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Palermo Stone

The Palermo Stone is one of the most important primary sources in the study of ancient Egyptian history. The exact date of the stone’s creation is in doubt, but it is thought to have been towards the end of the fifth dynasty (Old Kingdom in the twenty-fifth century B.C.) and therefore…

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