The Kingdom of the Hittites

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - History - 464 pages
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This book presents a comprehensive history of the Late Bronze Age kingdom of the Hittites, and the role it played within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world. From their capital, Hattusa, in central Anatolia, the Hittite kings ruled a vast network of subject territories and vassalstates reaching from the Aegean coast of Anatolia through Syria to the river Euphrates. In the fourteenth century BC the Hittites became the supreme political and military power in the Near East. How did they achieve their supremacy? How successful were they in maintaining it? What brought abouttheir collapse and disappearance? In seeking to answer these questions, the book begins with an account of the Hittites predecessors in Anatolia, particularly in the early centuries of the second millennium, traces the rise and development of the Hittite kingdom over a period of some five hundredyears, and ends with the events which followed in the wake of the kingdoms collapse. Translations from the original texts are a particular feature of the book; thus on many issues the Hittites and their contemporaries are allowed to speak to the modern reader for themselves.
 

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Contents

Labarna and Hattusili I
64
From Mursili I
101
From Tudhaliya III to Tudhaliya III
131
The Reign of Suppiluliuma I
168
The Reign
206
The Reign of Muwatalli II
241
The Reign
326
The Fall of the Kingdom and its Aftermath
361
Myth or Reality?
392
A Final Comment
405
Sources for Hittite History An Overview
416
Bibliography
428
Index
455
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Trevor Bryce, Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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