The Hittites: Lost Civilizations (Hardcover)

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The Hittites: Lost Civilizations (Hardcover)

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An accessible introduction to the Bronze Age culture in Asia Minor. 
 
Famed for their warriors, the Hittites flourished in the region of modern Turkey from the seventeenth to thirteenth centuries BC. In this book, archaeologist Damien Stone explores the rich history of the Hittite civilization beyond their skill in battle, from religious reverence for the sun and storms to eclectic rock carvings which survive to this day. Stone describes the colorful succession of Hittite rulers, complete with assassinations, intrigue, and an evil stepmother, but he also parses the development of the Hittite language and considers the Hittites’ legacy in religion, art, and culture today. In short, The Hittites is a wide-ranging, accessible introduction to this vibrant ancient culture.
 
Damien Stone is an archaeologist based at Chau Chak Wing Museum, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Pomegranate: A Global History, also published by Reaktion Books.
 
Product Details ISBN: 9781789146844
ISBN-10: 1789146844
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication Date: February 17th, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Lost Civilizations
"Through examination of the documents and material remains of the civilization, the book discusses the Hittites' military and political history, their religion, society and culture in a concise and accessible format . . . [Stone makes] an excellent tour guide: showing the main highlights, providing the odd anecdote and expertly explaining the nuances of the material culture, while tempting visitors to return for a longer sojourn in the land of the Hatti.”
— Get History (UK)

"For hundreds of years the Hittite kings, from their citadel in highland Turkey, played a dominant role in the international politics of the Eastern Mediterranean. In this highly readable account, rich in detail and wide in scope, Damien Stone explores the fascinating world of the Hittites, empire-builders and innovators, by weaving a tapestry that draws equally from material and textual remains. Stone offers a clear outline of complex issues and debates and provides insight into the social and economic structures of the civilization. We not only marvel at the innovations of the Hittite military, but meet literate female ritual specialists, learn about the world’s first trade embargo and wonder at the forging of relations between human and divine."
— Margaret C. Miller, University of Sydney