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The Kingdom of the Hittites (1998)

by Trevor Bryce

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In the 14th 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 about their collapse and disappearance? This comprehensive history of the Hittite kingdom seeksto answer these questions. It takes account of important recent advances in Hittite scholarship, including some major archaeological discoveries made in the last few years. It also features numerous translations from the original texts, so that on many issues the ancient Hittites are given theopportunity to speak to the modern reader for themselves. The revised edition contains a substantial amount of new material, as well as numerous other revisions to the first edition.… (more)
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A fantastic book. Professor Bryce was one of my undergraduate lecturers and he is THE world No. 1 expert on the Hittites. Not a dry text at all, but really brings the story of the Hittite kings to life. Should ideally be read in conjunction with watching the excellent docudrama film The Hittites, directed by Tolga Ornek (2003), for which Professor Bryce was an adviser. ( )
  drmaf | Aug 25, 2013 |
Everything you wanted to know about the history of the Hittites, but were afraid to ask. This book is professional, critical, honest, and insightful, but may challenge some readers.

"The aim of this book is to present a view of Hittite history which is consistent with the evidence so far available to us, but also to indicate to the reader where there is divergence of scholarly opinion, and where different or contrary views have been presented." --Bryce, Introduction, p.3 ( )
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During the last 150 years, the ancient Near East has provided a rich field of investigation for scholars from a wide range of disciplines.
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In the 14th 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 about their collapse and disappearance? This comprehensive history of the Hittite kingdom seeksto answer these questions. It takes account of important recent advances in Hittite scholarship, including some major archaeological discoveries made in the last few years. It also features numerous translations from the original texts, so that on many issues the ancient Hittites are given theopportunity to speak to the modern reader for themselves. The revised edition contains a substantial amount of new material, as well as numerous other revisions to the first edition.

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