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letter from a Hittite king

A Hittite king writes to a valued customer about his order for iron. The letter is probably addressed to a king of Assyria:

'In the matter of the good iron about which you wrote, good iron is not at present available in my storehouse in Kizzuwatna. I have already told you that this is a bad time for producing iron. They will be producing good iron, but they won't have finished yet. I shall send it to you when they have finished. At present I am sending you an iron dagger-blade.'

Quoted H.W.F. Saggs Civilization before Greece and Rome, Batsford 1989, page 205

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