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By J.G. Macqueen

Appearing the following in an up to date paperback version for the 1st time, J. G. Macqueen's research of the Hittites was once hailed via reviewers in its unique e-book as "stimulating" and "outstanding."

The Hittites have been an Indo-European talking those that proven a nation in Anatolia (modern Turkey) virtually 4,000 years in the past. They rose to develop into one of many maximum powers of the traditional center jap global by way of conquering Babylon and difficult the ability of the Egyptian Pharaoh Rameses II on the conflict of Quadesh. They themselves have been destroyed within the wake of pursuits of the enigmatic Sea peoples round 1180 BC. This examine investigates the origins of the Hittites, the resources of the metals that have been so important to their luck and their courting with contemporaries within the Aegean international, the Trojans and the Mycenaean Greeks. It comprises descriptions of excavations, relatively on the temples and nice protective ramparts of the Hittite capital at Hattusas. 149 illustrations

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Clearly he too was interested in the south-eastern trade-route, and had ambitions to succeed the Hittite king as an international figure. This can be seen also in the Arzawa letter from el Amarna (mentioned in chapter 2) in which there was of a marriage-connection with the Egyptian royal house. Nothing us that any marriage took place, but the fact that it was suggested shows Arzawan monarch sought to be regarded other Great Kings of the Middle Eastern world. that the Suppiluliumas talk tells as the equal of the I The triumph of Arzawa did not last.

But from what area? And at what time? On the first point there is now fairly general agreement that the linguistic evidence points to an Indo-European 'homeland' somewhere in the area that stretches from the lower Danube along the north shore of the Black Sea to the northern foot-hills of the Caucasus. In that area it has plausibly been connected with the archaeological culture known Kurgan, the bearers of which spread originally from the Eurasian steppes, reaching the Black Sea towards the end of the fifth millennium, and by the third millennium penetrating much of Europe from the Baltic to the Aegean.

This can be seen also in the Arzawa letter from el Amarna (mentioned in chapter 2) in which there was of a marriage-connection with the Egyptian royal house. Nothing us that any marriage took place, but the fact that it was suggested shows Arzawan monarch sought to be regarded other Great Kings of the Middle Eastern world. that the Suppiluliumas talk tells as the equal of the I The triumph of Arzawa did not last. About 1380 the Hittite throne was young prince called Suppiluliumas, a man who had already before his accession shown by victories in the north-east, north and north-west that he could deal with his country's enemies.

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