Life and Society in the Hittite World

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - History - 312 pages
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In dealing with a wide range of aspects of the life, activities, and customs of the Late Bronze Age Hittite world, this book complements the treatment of Hittite military and political history presented by the author in The Kingdom of the Hittites (OUP, 1998). It aims to convey to the reader a sense of what it was like to live amongst the people of the Hittite world, to participate in their celebrations, to share their crises, to meet them in the streets of the capital or in their homes, to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a healing ritual, to attend an audience with the Great King, and to follow his progress in festival processions to the holy places of the Hittite land. Through quotations from the original sources and through the word pictures to which these give rise, the book aims at recreating, as far as is possible, the daily lives and experiences of a people who for a time became the supreme political and military power in the ancient Near East.

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User Review  - Judith Starkston - Goodreads

As the title indicates, this is the book to read if you want to learn about Hittite daily life as differentiated from political history. Bryce has chapters on Hittite kings, farmers, scribes ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tlaloc - Goodreads

After receiving this as a gift, I was very pleased at the quality and breadth of the work. Kudos to the writers and historians who focus on the lesser known, but just as important, historical peoples of the ancient Mediterranean. Read full review

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About the author (2004)


Trevor Bryce is Honorary Research Consultant, University of Queensland, Australia.

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