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The kingdom of the Hittites
Bryce, Trevor, 1940-
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New ed.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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xix, 554 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
The origins of the Hittites -- Anatolia in the Assyrian colony period -- Territories and early rivals of Hatti -- The foundations of the kingdom : the reigns of Labarna and Hattusili I (c.1620) -- The struggles for the royal succession : from Mursili I to Muwattalli I (c.1620-1400) -- A new era begins : from Tudhaliya III to Tudhaliya III (c.1400-1350) -- The supremacy of Hatti : the reign of Suppiluliuma I -- Young king proves his worth : the reign of Mursili II -- The showdown with Egypt : the reign of Muwattalli II -- The illfated reign of the secondrank son : the reign of Urhiteshub -- Hatti and the world of international diplomacy : the reign of Hattusili III -- New enterprises, new threats : the reign of Tudhaliya IV -- The fall of the kingdom and its aftermath -- The Trojan war : myth or reality?
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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.

Table of Contents

Maps and Figuresp. ix
Abbreviationsp. x
Hittite Kingsp. xv
Preface to the New Editionp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
1 The Origins of the Hittitesp. 8
2 Anatolia in the Assyrian Colony Periodp. 21
3 Territories and Early Rivals of Hattip. 41
4 The Foundations of the Kingdom: The Reigns of Labarna and Hattusili I (-c.1620)p. 61
5 The Struggles for the Royal Succession: From Mursili I to Muwattalli I (c.1620-1400)p. 96
6 A New Era Begins: From Tudhaliya I/II to Tudhaliya III (c.1400-1350)p. 121
7 The Supremacy of Hatti: The Reign of Suppiluliuma I (c.1350-1322)p. 154
8 A Young King Proves His Worth: The Reign of Mursili II (c.1321-1295)p. 190
9 The Showdown with Egypt: The Reign of Muwattalli II (c.1295-1272)p. 221
10 The Ill-Fated Reign of the Second-Rank Son: The Reign of Urhi-Teshub (c.1272-1267)p. 246
11 Hatti and the World of International Diplomacy: The Reign of Hattusili III (c.1267-1237)p. 266
12 New Enterprises, New Threats: The Reign of Tudhaliya IV (c.1237-1209)p. 295
13 The Fall of the Kingdom and its Aftermathp. 327
14 The Trojan War: Myth or Reality?p. 357
A Final Commentp. 372
Appendix 1 Chronologyp. 375
Appendix 2 Sources for Hittite History: An Overviewp. 383
Notesp. 393
Bibliographyp. 496
Indexp. 537