Phoenix: The Secret of the Hittites: The Discovery of an Ancient Empire

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The Hittites, an ancient Indo-European people who appeared in Anatolia at the beginning of the second millennium BC, had become one of the dominant powers of the Middle East by 1340 BC. Early kings of the Hittite Old Kingdom had extended Hittite control over much of northern Syria eventually raiding down the Euphrates to Babylon. The struggle with Egypt under Ramses II for control of Syria led to one of the greatest battles of the ancient world at Kadesh in 1299 BC. The fall of the Hittite Empire in 1193 BC was ...
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The Hittites, an ancient Indo-European people who appeared in Anatolia at the beginning of the second millennium BC, had become one of the dominant powers of the Middle East by 1340 BC. Early kings of the Hittite Old Kingdom had extended Hittite control over much of northern Syria eventually raiding down the Euphrates to Babylon. The struggle with Egypt under Ramses II for control of Syria led to one of the greatest battles of the ancient world at Kadesh in 1299 BC. The fall of the Hittite Empire in 1193 BC was sudden - perhaps because of large scale migration - and historical records were scarce. But then the discovery of Hittite cuneiform tablets at their ancient capital of Hattusa (now Bogazko, Turkey) in the 1940's yielded fascinating information about the people, their political organization, social structure, economy and religion. C.W. Ceram, author of Gods, Graves and Scholars, tells the dramatic story of the riddle of the scripts, the secret of their power and the mystery of their survival. In so doing he unlocks the secrets of this ancient empire.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781842122952
  • Publisher: Phoenix Press, WC2
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Series: Phoenix Press Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

I The Enigma of Their Existence
Chapter 1. Discovery and Wild Surmise 3
Leander Swam From Asia to Europe
What Was Known About the Hittites in A.D. 1871
What is Known Today
Asia Minor: a Winter Like Northern Germany, a Summer Like Southern France
Texier and the Ruins of Boghazkoy
"Sheik Ibrahim." the Hamath Stones
Sayce Guesses the Existence of a Hittite Empire
Chapter 2. The Bible and New Research 22
Abraham and the Children of Heth
The Bible as a Source Book of History
A Farmer's Wife Throws Clay Tablets Around
The Amarna Archives
"Let My Brother Send Me Very Much Gold"
Humann and Luschan Dig at Zinjirli
Lions Beneath the "Flower of the Lower World"
"The Goal We Had Sought Had Been Achieved"--Really?
Chapter 3. Winckler Digs in Boghazkoy 46
The Anti-Semite and His Jewish Banker
Tacht-biti--Veramin
Zia Bey, Scion of Seldjuk Nobility
The First Thirty-Four Clay Tablets
A Royal Treaty 3100 Years Old
Hattusas, the Capital of the Hittites
Zia Bey's Banquet
Digging Up Clay Tablets as a Peasant Woman Digs Potatoes
Garstang Visits Winckler
Lieutenant Kammergruber Aids the Advancement of Science
II The Riddle of the Scripts
Chapter 4. On the Art of Deciphering 71
Dead Languages
The Classic Examples: Grotefend and Champollion
The Dream of Scholars: A Bilingual
William Jones Learns Sanskrit
The Discovery of the Indo-European Family of Languages
Friedrich Hrozny's Preliminary Report
Ninda, Ezza, and Vadar
The Hittites Were Indo-Europeans
Chapter 5. Did the Hittites Speak Hittite? 87
Questions for Hrozny
How Did Indo-Europeans Come to Anatolia?
The Dangers of Etymology
The Grammar of Hittite
A Scholar Corrects the Mistakes of Hittite Scribes
The Eight Languages of Boghazkoy
Is Chinese an Important Language in London?
Who Really Spoke Hattili?
"You Rise Out of the Sea"
Cuneiform and Hieroglyphic Scripts
Chapter 6. "Nothing Can Be Deciphered Out of Nothing!" 96
Sayce Works on the Hittite Hieroglyphs for Fifty-Five Years
King, City, and Country
The Importance of the Small Diagonal Line
The Constantinople Coin-Collector
Six Signs Have Been Deciphered!
"The Camera Doesn't Lie"
Messerschmidt and Jensen
Fourteen Scholars on the Same Trail
Nasty Quarrels
The Bilingual Seal of Boghazkoy
The First Proof
III The Secret of Their Power
Chapter 7. The Kings of Hattusas 119
On the Writing of History
Science of Fiction?
Herodotus and Suetonius
Ranke and Spengler
The Invention of "Cultural History"
The Curse of Anittas
Labarnas Founds the Empire
The Testament of Hattusilis
Mursilis Conquers Babylon
Murder Most Foul
The Law of Telipinus
The Two Hundred Missing Years
Chapter 8. The Science of Historical Dating 132
The importance of Chronology
The Basis of Historical Dating
Ancient Babylonian King List Wb 444
Correcting the Chroniclers
The First Fixed Points
The Orbit of Sirius
The Oldest Date in World History?
The Tenth Royal City After the Flood
The Archives of Mari
Isotope C 14
Chapter 9. The Battle of Kadesh 153
The Greatest Invention of the Second Millennium B.C. the First Manual of Horse-Training
Suppiluliumas I
Mursilis's Prayers in Time of Plague
Battles, From Troy to Dienbienphu
The Battle of Kadesh
Ramses's Version
The Peace Treaty
The Wedding of the Hittite Princess
Hattusas Burns
Chapter 10. City and Land--People and Customs 200
Zia Bey's Konak
Nineteen Years Later
Morgen, Herr Hauptmann!
Workers' Rebellion
Bittel Finds a Thousand New Clay Tablets
A Hittite Empire--But Was There a Hittite Culture?
IV The Mystery of Their Survival
Chapter 11. The Finds on the Black Mountain 219
The Lion Stone
Bossert Finds a Semitic Inscription and Hittite Hieroglyphs
Who Really Discovered Karatepe?
In the Black Tents of the Nomads
Citadel, Statues, Reliefs, and Inscriptions
The Mistake
Nocturnal Encounter with Karatepe
Chapter 12. Asitawandas Speaks 241
Translation of the Phoenician Inscription
King Asitawandas, Lord of Karatepe
The Pronoun 'nk and King Anek
Doubts About the Bilingual
Steinherr Dreams About Hieroglyphs
Another Bilingual?
Chapter 13. The Future 253
Chronological Table 257
Bibliography 261
Index 281
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