The Dark Lords of Hattusha/Hittite Empire 1595 BC

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Do you have any recommendations on books (preferably affordable) or academic papers on this subject?

Thanks - always been interested in Hittites and how they fit into the IE story.
I don't have my reading list to hand, but for me, Trevor Bryce's two books are comprehensive and very accessible (they read like a novel in places)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingdom-Hittites-Trevor-Bryce-ebook/dp/B001NCDFOW
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Society-Hittite-World-Trevor-Bryce-ebook/dp/B00JKOF2BO

...but looking on Amazon I was shocked to see the prices! (same with this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Armies-Ancient-Near-East-000/dp/B001S9KL88 )

Archibald sayce and J.G. MacQueen offer good - if dated - information. Seton Lloyd's 'Ancient Turkey' was excellent, although it covers much more than just the Hittites. This other volume of his looks rather promising too (haven't read it but it only costs a few £££s) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Highland-Peoples-Anatolia-Library-Civilisation/dp/B004CFFIEC

There's also the Osprey Hittite books 'Hittite fortifications', 'Qadesh 1300 BC', 'Hittite Warrior' and 'Bronze Age War Chariots' which are good, concise volumes supported by evocative artwork.

Quite sad how many of these books are not available or are so highly priced. I'm hoping to bring the Hittites to popular attention with my effort. Fingers crossed.
 
Mar 2015
1,436
Yorkshire
#43
I don't have my reading list to hand, but for me, Trevor Bryce's two books are comprehensive and very accessible (they read like a novel in places)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingdom-Hittites-Trevor-Bryce-ebook/dp/B001NCDFOW
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Society-Hittite-World-Trevor-Bryce-ebook/dp/B00JKOF2BO

...but looking on Amazon I was shocked to see the prices! (same with this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Armies-Ancient-Near-East-000/dp/B001S9KL88 )

Archibald sayce and J.G. MacQueen offer good - if dated - information. Seton Lloyd's 'Ancient Turkey' was excellent, although it covers much more than just the Hittites. This other volume of his looks rather promising too (haven't read it but it only costs a few £££s) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Highland-Peoples-Anatolia-Library-Civilisation/dp/B004CFFIEC

There's also the Osprey Hittite books 'Hittite fortifications', 'Qadesh 1300 BC', 'Hittite Warrior' and 'Bronze Age War Chariots' which are good, concise volumes supported by evocative artwork.

Quite sad how many of these books are not available or are so highly priced. I'm hoping to bring the Hittites to popular attention with my effort. Fingers crossed.
Thanks - just ordered the first Bryce book. Mazing someone is trying to sell second-hand on Amazon for £818 - cost of mine is about a twentieth!
 
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Sep 2014
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Texas
#45
What I can say about the Hittites is their word for horse Aswa came from the Mittani (Ashva) who were the best horse breeders of all time in my opinion. Like many IE people, they simply absorbed the local gods into their own pantheon.
 
Sep 2014
929
Texas
#46
I've quickly realised that a lot of people's first reaction to the Hittites is "Er, who were they?", so I've put together a blog article with the aim of introducing people to them and answering the who, where, when and why. It's intended to be fun and accessible - hope it is!

Who Were the Hittites? - Gordon Doherty - Writer

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I use their missing god legend along with and Irish and Cheyenne one to show a very ancient myth that could actually be a memory of the Younger Dryas event.
 
#47
So I've been away exploring the Hittite lands for the last few weeks, rambling across northern Turkey and Georgia. Here's a video and some photos of me rambling across the ruins of Hattusa, the ancient Hittite capital. What a place! I'm not sure the camera does it justice to be honest - parts of it are nearly vertical!

Here's my vid on my #HistFix YouTube channel: ]

And here's a photo album on FaceBook: Gordon Doherty

Enjoy!
 
Mar 2015
1,436
Yorkshire
#48
So I've been away exploring the Hittite lands for the last few weeks, rambling across northern Turkey and Georgia. Here's a video and some photos of me rambling across the ruins of Hattusa, the ancient Hittite capital. What a place! I'm not sure the camera does it justice to be honest - parts of it are nearly vertical!

Here's my vid on my #HistFix YouTube channel: ]

And here's a photo album on FaceBook: Gordon Doherty

Enjoy!

Huge - I have visited Mycenae which was very interesting but is tiny. This is on a par and maybe greater than Knossos -look forward to more of your videos.
 
#49
Huge - I have visited Mycenae which was very interesting but is tiny. This is on a par and maybe greater than Knossos -look forward to more of your videos.
Cheers - yes the site is massive, and the scary thing is there was probably loads more outwith those 7km long lower town walls! We know there was a great military academy somewhere a short way west of the city, then there's the sacred rock shrine 1km north (vid of that coming).
 
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Jun 2012
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Malaysia
#50
Well, they were worthy rivals to Egypt in their time. Including lording it over both Assyria & Mitanni during some periods. Even Troy was a tributary vassal of theirs. So, everything about them would have been pretty formidable.
 
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