Hattusha : The Capital of the Hittites

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 150 x 230mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ill.Endpr.ch.
  • 0195004876
  • 9780195004878

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This is a very businesslike archaeological exposition by a leading authority on Hittite culture associated with Hattusha's excavation since 1932. From the sixteenth to the thirteenth century B.C., Hattusha housed the Great Kings of the Hittite Empire, reckoned among the mighty of the ancient world. The ruins, near a small village in central Turkey, have yielded up remains of a citadel, a palace complex, temples, and living quarters, and in the nearby rock sanctuary of Yazilikaya archaeologists have discovered the most significant Hittite carvings in existence. With the unpretentious tone but unquestioned authority of a don, Bittel interprets the findings and reconstructs the role of Hattusha in history, culture, and cult. The facts and artifacts are intriguing, but the impatient general reader may desert the diggings long before the past is pieced together. The text will be supplemented by 40 halftones and 40 plans and maps, which presumably account for the inflated price. (Kirkus Reviews)show more