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The Hittites and Their Contemporaries in Asia Minor (Ancient Peoples and Places Series)

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The Hittites were an Indo-European speaking people who established a kingdom in Anatolia (modern Turkey) almost 4,000 years ago. They rose to become one of the greatest powers of the Ancient Middle Eastern world by conquering Babylon and challenging the power of the Egyptian Pharaoh Rameses II at the battle of Quadesh. They themselves were destroyed in the wake of movement ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published 1996 by Thames and Hudson (first published January 1st 1975)
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This review is for the original edition of The Hittites, published in 1975. It has been revised and enlarged in The Hittites: And Their Contemporaries in Asia Minor.

While it may seem obvious to suggest to anyone who is interested in the culture of the Hittites or of ancient Anatolia that they should look for the most up-to-date edition, I think it really depends on the reader's previous knowledge of the Hittite empire, and what it is they are looking to get out of their research. In other words,
Loring Wirbel
Jun 30, 2016 Loring Wirbel rated it liked it
This brief and lively book (the 1996 expanded edition) only warrants three rather than four stars because it is crafted in the classic archaeological scholar style, which means that sections on art, military, and spiritual relics may hold less interest to the general historical reader. Nevertheless, this is an intriguing work to introduce readers to the first Indo-European speakers on the Turkish subcontinent, often overlooked in the study of Persians, Assyrians, and Egyptians.

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Feb 13, 2011 Iset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Academics, scholars, undergraduates, amateur historians
Recommended to Iset by: No one
Given the brevity of this work, and how long ago it was written, the reader ought to take this as an introduction to the history of the Hittites rather than a comprehensive guide. Macqueen begins by providing the background of the environment in which the Hittites existed and the history of the region in the several thousand years before the appearance of the Hittites. This allows the reader to place the Hittites in context. The book then moves on to discuss the various attempts at identifying t ...more
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Πολύ ενδιαφέρον, λίγο δύσκολο να διαβαστεί γιατί μπαίνει σε πολλές λεπτομέρειες ιστορικής και εθνικής φύσης, αλλά σου ανοίγει τα μάτια για τον αχταρμά που γινόταν εκείνες τις εποχές σ' εκείνο το μέρος του κόσμου.
Mar 16, 2010 P. rated it really liked it

This is a delightful book which I really enjoyed, although there was one section covering POTTERY which was less interesting to me but thoroughly thorough. Written in '86 revised in '96, with a preface to the later edition noting that much had been discovered that could only be covered in 'brief description'. I wonder what else has come to light in the last 14 years. Much no doubt. I found the first 5 chapters, a mere 78 pages, fascinating and that archeologists have a sense of humor. Who knew?
Glenn Robinson
Dec 26, 2012 Glenn Robinson rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. If not for an upcoming trip to Turkey, I probably would not have bothered. Glad I did as this was a very interesting subject. The book started somewhat dry, but was fascinating that so much info can be gleamed from archeology and from written records. This book covers the history of the Hittites, rise and abrupt fall. Also it covers a wide variety of subjects about the society-religion, military, agriculture. Not a bad book for covering King Midas, King Croesus, Cyrus the Great, ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it
Actually originally written in 1975 and then revised a couple of times - but you can feel it is quite old and it would probably have benefited from a complete rewrite rather than a revision (this is a field where much have been discovered in more recent times). It is also worth noting that this is primarily a archaeological study, even though we have quite a lot of written texts from the Hittites too.

But I'll give it 3 stars because there are a lot of nice pictures included.
Mark Flowers
May 02, 2011 Mark Flowers rated it liked it
Some fascinating historico-archaeological investigation of who the Hittites were, followed by dry-as-dirt accounts of "warfare" "society and administration" and the dreaded "daily life in Late Bronze Age Anatolia."
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