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by inquiry found a Cyprian who spoke Egyptian, and he bade this
new-found interpreter speak to the queen for him. "Say to my
mistress: 'I have heard as far as Thebes, the abode of Amon, that
in every city injustice is done; but that justice is done in the
land of Alasa Cyprus]. But, lo, injustice is done every day here.'"
She said, "Indeed What is this that thou sayest?" I said to her,
"If the sea raged and the wind drove me to the land where I am,
thou wilt not let them take advantage of me to slay me, I being a
messenger of Amon. I am one for whom they will seek unceasingly. As
for the crew of the prince of Byblos whom they sought to kill,
their lord will surely find ten crews of thine, and he will slay
them on his part." Wenamon's crew was then summoned, and he himself
bidden to lie down and sleep. At this point his report breaks off,
and the conclusion is lost; but here again, in Cyprus, whose king,
as practically his vassal, the Pharaoh had been wont to call to
account for piracy in the old days of splendour, we find the
representative of Egypt barely able to save his life. It is to be
noticed that his reminder of unpleasant consequences makes no
reference to the Pharaoh, while it places fully as much emphasis
upon the vengeance of the prince of Byblos as upon that of Egypt;
this only two generations after a great war-fleet of Ramses III had
destroyed the powerful united navy of his northern enemies in these
very waters. This unique and instructive report of Wenamon,1
therefore, reveals to us the complete collapse of Egyptian prestige
abroad and shows with what appalling swiftness the dominant state
in the Mediterranean basin had declined under the weak successors
of Ramses III. When Tiglath-pileser I appeared in the West about
1100 B. C., a Pharaoh, who was prob...
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