Life and Society in the Hittite World

Life and Society in the Hittite World


By (author) Trevor R. Bryce

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 20mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 18 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199275882
  • ISBN 13: 9780199275885
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 2 maps; 14 in-text figures
  • Sales rank: 383,409

Product description

In dealing with a wide range of aspects of the life, activities, and customs of the Late Bronze Age Hittite world, this book complements the treatment of Hittite military and political history presented by the author in The Kingdom of the Hittites (OUP, 1998). It aims to convey to the reader a sense of what it was like to live amongst the people of the Hittite world, to participate in their celebrations, to share their crises, to meet them in the streets of the capital or in their homes, to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a healing ritual, to attend an audience with the Great King, and to follow his progress in festival processions to the holy places of the Hittite land. Through quotations from the original sources and through the word pictures to which these give rise, the book aims at recreating, as far as is possible, the daily lives and experiences of a people who for a time became the supreme political and military power in the ancient Near East.

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Author information

Trevor Bryce is Honorary Research Consultant, University of Queensland, Australia.

Review quote

Combining lucidity with scholarly rigour and displaying an informed and thoughtful response to the topic, this well-written book will be of particular value to university students and ancient historians. It deserves also to find a place in the wider market. Times Higher Education Supplement Trevor Bryce is the most successful - and responsible - popularizer of Anatolian studies active today. An authority on the Luwians of the second millennium and Lycia of the first, he has already produced a highly readable history of the Hittites and has now presented us with a survey of Hittite culture. Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

Introduction ; Synopsis ; 1. King, Court, and Royal Officials ; 2. The People and the Law ; 3. The Scribe ; 4. The Farmer ; 5. The Merchant ; 6. The Warrior ; 7. Marriage ; 8. The Gods ; 9. The Curers of Diseases ; 10. Death, Burial, and the Afterlife ; 11. Festivals and Rituals ; 12. Myth ; 13. The Capital ; 14. Links across the Wine-Dark Sea