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Warriors of Anatolia: A Concise History of the Hittites

Warriors of Anatolia: A Concise History of the Hittites
Trevor Bryce

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The Hittites in the Late Bronze Age became the mightiest military power in the Ancient Near East. Yet their empire was always vulnerable to destruction by enemy forces; their Anatolian homeland occupied a remote region, with no navigable rivers; and they were cut off from the sea. Perhaps most seriously, they suffered chronic under-population and sometimes devastating plague. How, then, can the rise and triumph of this ancient imperium be explained, against seemingly insuperable odds? In his lively treatment of one of antiquity's most mysterious civilizations, whose history disappeared from the records over three thousand years ago, Trevor Bryce sheds fresh light on Hittite warrior as well as religious and political culture and offers new solutions to many unsolved questions. Revealing them to have been masters of chariot warfare, who almost inflicted disastrous defeat on Rameses II at the Battle of Kadesh (1274 BCE), he shows the Hittites also to have been devout worshippers of a pantheon of storm-gods and masters of a new diplomatic system which bolstered their authority for centuries.

Author Info

Trevor Bryce is Honorary Professor in Classics at the University of Queensland and Emeritus Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales. His many books include Life and Society in the Hittite World (2004), The Kingdom of the Hittites (new edition, 2006), The World of the Neo-Hittite Kingdoms: A Political and Military History (2012), Letters of the Great Kings of the Ancient Near East: The Royal Correspondence of the Late Bronze Age (2014), Ancient Syria: A Three Thousand-Year History (2014) and Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction (2016).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

Hardback
ISBN: 9781788312370
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2018
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 216
Width: 135
Illustrations: 40 bw integrated, 4 maps

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