In the 14th century BC the Hittites became the supreme political and military power in the Near East. How did they achieve their supremacy? How successful were they in maintaining it? What brought about their collapse and disappearance? This comprehensive history of the Hittite kingdom seeks to answer these questions. It takes account of important recent advances in Hittite scholarship, including some major archaeological discoveries made in the last few years. It also features numerous translations from the original texts, so that on many issues the ancient Hittites are given the opportunity to speak to the modern reader for themselves. The revised edition contains a substantial amount of new material, as well as numerous other revisions to the first edition.
Trevor Bryce is Honorary Research Consultant, University of Queensland, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Introduction ; 1. The Origins of the Hittites ; 2. Anatolia in the Assyrian Colony Period ; 3. Territories and Early Rivals of Hatti ; 4. The Foundations of the Kingdom: The Reigns of Labarna and Hattusili I ; 5. The Struggles for the Royal Succession: From Mursili I to Muwattalli I ; 6. A New Era Begins: From Tudhaliya I/II to Tudhaliya III ; 7. The Supremacy of Hatti: The Reign of Suppiluliuma I ; 8. A Young King Proves his Worth: The Reign of Mursili II ; 9. The Showdown with Egypt: The Reign of Muwattalli II ; 10. The Ill-Fated Reign of the Second-Rank Son: The Reign of Urhi-Teshub ; 11. Hatti and the World of International Diplomacy: The Reign of Hattusili III ; 12. New Enterprises, New Threats: The Reign of Tudhaliya IV ; 13. The Fall of the Kingdom and its Aftermath ; 14. The Trojan War: Myth or Reality? ; A Final Comment