Life and Society in the Hittite World

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - 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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Contents

Introduction
1
Synopsis of Hittite History
8
King Court and Royal Officials
11
The People and the Law
32
The Scribe
56
The Farmer
72
The Merchant
87
The Warrior
98
The Curers of Diseases
163
Death Burial and the Afterlife
176
Festivals and Rituals
187
Myth
211
The Capital
230
Links across the WineDark Sea
257
Notes
269
Bibliography
293

Marriage
119
The Gods
134

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

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