Ugarit Kingdom      
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UGARIT LINKS:
Significant Event:
    Destroyed by Sea People in 1190 BC
    Noted for Trade Goods

Main Cities: Ras Shamra; Ugarit
Time: 1600-1190 BC
Language: Aramaic; Ugaritic
Personage: Ammittamru I; Niqmaddu II
Religion: Ugarit Gods
Related Country: Syria

Brief History:
      I have included only a few items concerning the history of this kingdom. A good source for more details can be found on Wikipedia or in history books.

Map of Ugarit Kingdom
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HISTORICAL NOTES:
      This city-state was an important Mediterranean port and trade entry to ancient empires such as Assyria, Babylon, Hittites and Sumeria. Trade ships routinely plied the routes between ancient Egypt and Alashiya (modern Cyprus). Records from Ebla revealed that Ugarit came under Egyptian control circa 1800 BC. Its artisans were noted for ceramics and the city developed an alphabet. During the Bronze Age reign of King Ammurapi, marauding Sea Peoples burned the city before Assyrian forces under king Suppiluliuma II could answer Ammurapi's plea for help.
      Radiocardon dating indicates the city was destroyed between 1192 and 1190 BC. Ugarit lay forgotten until a farmer ploughing his field broke open a buried tomb in 1928 AD. Since then, archeologists discovered various libraries and Ugaritic literature, including the Baal Cycle (stories about Baal).

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