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King Nabonidus’s letter to (image courtesy Liberty University Archeological team)

King Nabonidus wasn’t a fan of being stood up, says a new finding by archeologists at Liberty University. Researchers have unveiled that the 6th-century BCE Neo-Babylonian king sent what is thought to be the first break-up letter ever discovered.

Largely believed to be the first figure in world history to commission archaeological work, the new finding points out that there is still a great deal to be discovered about Nabonidus’s reign.

The tablet begins, “News has reached me via the Upper Euphrates that you were visiting with my childhood friend Nisaba. I am devastated by this betrayal, as you are one of my favorite concubines. You have until the end of the month to pick up your flax shawls and sandals or else I will donate them to the temple of the moon god.”

The message was revealed after close analysis by the archeologists who first discovered the tablet late last year in southern Iraq.

Hrag Vartanian

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5 replies on “Archaeologists Discover World’s Oldest Break-Up Letter at Neo-Babylonian Site”

  1. Poor little king … But at least he didn’t take the cheating lying down 😀
    This also goes to show, that there really is “nothing new under the sun”. Women and men have been in love, been cheating and getting jealous for millinia.

  2. She was also his concubine, which implies he had more women under his control…AND a wife. Seems to me King Nabonidus didn’t have much to complain about…

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