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The Hittites (Ancient Peoples and Places)

and their Contemporaries in Asia Minor

J. G. Macqueen

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A complete history of the Hittites, an Ancient Anatolian people who established an empire in north-central Anatolia around 1600 BC


The Hittites were an Indo-European-speaking people who established a kingdom in Anatolia (modern Turkey) almost 4,000 years ago. They rose to become one of the great powers of the ancient Middle Eastern world by conquering Babylon - and were destroyed in the wake of the movements of the enigmatic Sea Peoples around 1180 BC.

This study investigates such intriguing topics as the origins of the Hittites, the sources of the metals which were so vital to their success, and their relations with their contemporaries in the Aegean world, the Trojans and the Mycenaean Greeks. It also includes descriptions of recent excavations, particularly at the temples and great defensive ramparts of the Hittite capital at Hattusas, modern Bogazkoy.

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Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Revised and enlarged edition

Size: 24.1 x 15.9 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 149

Publication date: 15 April 1996

ISBN: 9780500278871

About the Author

J.G. Macqueen is a former Scholar of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, Turkey and was until 1992 Reader in Classics and Ancient Middle Eastern Studies at Bristol University. He has excavated and done field-survey work in Turkey, and is the author of numerous articles in learned journals, as well as a book on the history and civilization of ancient Babylon.