The World of the Neo-Hittite Kingdoms: A Political and Military History

The World of the Neo-Hittite Kingdoms: A Political and Military History


By (author) Trevor Bryce


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 236mm x 26mm | 821g
  • Publication date: 7 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199218722
  • ISBN 13: 9780199218721
  • Illustrations note: 15 black and white illustrations and 3 maps
  • Sales rank: 581,803

Product description

In the early 12th century, the Late Bronze Age Hittite empire collapsed during a series of upheavals which swept the Greek and Near Eastern worlds. In the subsequent Iron Age, numerous cities and states emerged in south-eastern Anatolia and northern Syria, which are generally known today as the 'Neo-Hittite kingdoms'. Bryce's volume gives an account of the military and political history of these kingdoms, moving beyond the Neo-Hittites themselves to the broader Near Eastern world and the states which dominated it during the Iron Age. Divided into three sections, The World of Neo-Hittite Kingdoms looks at the last decades of the empire and the features of these kingdoms and their subsequent treatment under their Anatolian successors. Through a closer look at the individual Neo-Hittite kingdoms and their rulers and a comparison with the contemporary Aramaean states and the other kingdoms of the age - notably the Neo-Assyrian empire - it concludes with a historical synthesis of the Neo-Hittites when the last kingdom was absorbed into the Assyrian provincial administration.

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Author information

Trevor Bryce is an Honorary Research Consultant at the University of Queensland and Emeritus Professor of the University of New England. Most of his research has been conducted in the field of Near Eastern history and civilization, with some emphasis on the links between the Classical and Near Eastern worlds. He is the author of 12 books and around 100 published articles and chapters.

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This excellent work wil be the standard treatment of the Neo-Hittite kingdoms for decades to come. CHOICE extremely readable. Mark Weeden, Antiquity

Table of contents

MAPS AND FIGURES ; ABBREVIATIONS ; INTRODUCTION ; PART I: SETTING THE SCENE ; 1. The End of an Era ; 2. The Hittite Empire s Anatolian Successors ; 3. Defining the Neo-Hittites ; 4. The Biblical Hittites ; PART II: THE IRON AGE KINGDOMS AND DYNASTIES ; Preface to Chapters 5-7 ; 5. The Neo-Hittite Kingdoms in the Euphrates Region ; 6. The Neo-Hittite Kingdoms in the Anti-Taurus and Western Syrian Regions ; 7. The Neo-Hittite Kingdoms in Southeastern Anatolia ; 8. The Aramaean States ; 9. Other Peoples and Kingdoms ; PART III: THE NEO-HITTITE KINGDOMS IN THEIR HISTORICAL CONTEXT ; 10. The Kingdoms Evolve (12th-11th centuries) ; 11. Subjection to Assyria (10th-9th centuries) ; 12. Absorption by Assyria (8th century) ; AFTERWORD ; APPENDIX I ; Transliterating the Inscriptions ; APPENDIX II ; Neo-Hittite and Aramaean Rulers and Dynasties a Summary List ; APPENDIX III ; The Kings of Late Bronze Age Hatti ; APPENDIX IV ; The Neo-Assyrian Kings ; NOTES ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX