The Kingdom of the Hittites / Edition 2

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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 in general. From their capital Hattusa in central Anatolia, the Hittite kings ruled a vast network of subject territories and vassal states reaching from the Aegean coast of Anatolia through Syria to the river Euphrates. In the 14th century B.C. 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 about their 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 500 years, and ends with the events which followed in the wake of the kingdom's 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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"One of those rare books that successfully fills a gap in scholarship....This will be the standard resource on Anatolia in the second millennium BCE for decades to come. An outstanding work that belongs in all university libraries."--Choice

"Bryce's volume represents an authoritative, comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of the political and military history of the Hittite is...imperative reading for any serious inquiry on the Hittites by scholars of the ancient Near East."--Religious Studies Review

"Beyond its full coverage of the course of events in second-millennium Anatolia, the real strength of The Kingdom of the Hittites is that Bryce looks at the world of the Hittites with the eye of a true historian....he puts forward interpretations of events and rationales for the decisions of Hittite monarchs....This book will be of great value to the Hittite specialist and to his/her students, as well as to the scholar of other regions and periods of the ancient world who wishes to become acquainted with the story of the first masters of Anatolia."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199281329
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/5/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 1,219,387
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Trevor Bryce is Honorary Research Consultant, University of Queensland, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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Table of Contents

1. The Origins of the Hittites
2. Anatolia in the Assyrian Colony Period
3. Territories and Early Rivals of Hatti
4. The Foundations of the Kingdom: The Reigns of Labarna and Hattusili I
5. The Struggles for the Royal Succession: From Mursili I to Muwattalli I
6. A New Era Begins: From Tudhaliya I/II to Tudhaliya III
7. The Supremacy of Hatti: The Reign of Suppiluliuma I
8. A Young King Proves his Worth: The Reign of Mursili II
9. The Showdown with Egypt: The Reign of Muwattalli II
10. The Ill-Fated Reign of the Second-Rank Son: The Reign of Urhi-Teshub
11. Hatti and the World of International Diplomacy: The Reign of Hattusili III
12. New Enterprises, New Threats: The Reign of Tudhaliya IV
13. The Fall of the Kingdom and its Aftermath
14. The Trojan War: Myth or Reality?
A Final Comment

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