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Product Details

  • Series: Fortress (Book 73)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846032075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846032073
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although much has vanished over the millennia there’s still a surprising amount to be seen by visitors to the area, and the major sites are comprehensively described and illustrated here. The Hittites clashed with other empires as well as with nearer neighbours, and developed some intriguing fortification techniques as a result. This is a book that will fascinate students of the ancient Near East as well as wargamers. Highly recommended." -John Prigent, Internet Modeler (March 2008)

"The author examines the various features of Hittite fortifications; walls, towers, gates, posterns, and ramparts. A volume that will interest those who study ancient history or archeology offer a different perspective on the once powerful Hittites." -J.E. Kaufmann, SiteO (March 2008)

"Overall, another fine book in this series and one that should be on the shelves of anyone interested in this particular time and place in ancient history." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (March 2008)

About the Author

Konstantin Nossov was born in 1972 and is a graduate of Moscow State University and a researcher in ancient and medieval military history as well as author of a number of books published in Russian. He has also written a number of English-language magazine articles. The author lives in Moscow, Russia.

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Good reading, indeed.
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Excellent line drawings and photographs of almost every structure or artifact referred in the text and a very complete bibliography completes this valuable title.
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This little book is a comprehensive introduction and this is what makes it so good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on June 12, 2011
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As with all Osprey books the main reason to buy them is the illustrations. These do not disappoint. This book contains detailed paintings of Hattusa, Alacahöyük, Karatepe, and Yazilikaya. It's pretty cool to see these ruins reconstructed and the artist does a fine job. The information in the book is good as well going into how the Hittites built their walls and why. It also goes into details on the main structure of the walls including the towers, ramps, ramparts, and tunnels. It then examines the fortifications of Hattusa, Alacahöyük, and Karatepe in detail. Throughout there are many photographs and diagrams. Very nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anibal Madeira on December 11, 2013
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This is a truly superlative title from Konstantin Nossov. After a very short introduction of the main highlights of Hittite civilization, the author delves into a remarkable description of several sites. So far this probably seems like your average fortress title to you, isn’t it (and that would be very good actually, because the series has high standards)? But it's far better.

The author don’t just compares chronological events of several relevant contemporary civilizations in a table (although certain dates are aproximative and open to debate)…that would be good…but Nossov also explains the differences between the fortifications of said civilizations in very useful insets.

The author doesn’t just explain the sources for the reconstructions; he shows them with magnificent photos, line drawings, and map. He also explains with detail the generic construction and structure of the walls from the socle to the merlons; Nossov also describes as accurately possible the towers, the posterns, etc.

With impressive knowledge about the Hittites and ancient fortifications, the author explains the remains of important sites (including granaries or water supply systems), the defensive value of each characteristic (like the ramparts question if it’s only decorative or defensive in nature, the meaning and function of the sphinx gate at Hattusha upper city, were the posterns used as a defense system? , etc) and also an interpretation of the reliefs, their influences and possible meaning.

The book is heavily focused on Hattusha, but provides coverage of other fortresses like AlacaHöyük and Karatepe. It also delves into the architecture of fortified and unfortified sanctuaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 12, 2013
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As indicated in the title, and in agreement with other reviewers on Amazon.co.uk, this little book from Osprey's fortress series is a good one and a solid. It is not only about Hattusa, the capital city of the Hittite Empire during most of the Bronze Age. It also covers eight other sites, including two in some depth. It also shows how little we know about some of them, why, and how much is still to be discovered. For instance Carchemish's citadel is nowadays a Turkish military base, which is something that does not exactly help archaeological excavations).

This little book is a comprehensive introduction and this is what makes it so good. The author and the illustrator could have limited themselves to the description of the various sites and illustrated the reconstructions through a mix of plates, drawings and photos. This in itself would have made this booklet into a good Osprey title and all of this is indeed included. What makes this title "more than simply good" is that quite a lot of context is provided, both on the Hittite Bronze Age Empire and its successor states during the early Iron Age (up to 700 BC), and this is where the booklet moves from "good" to "outstanding" in my view.

Three other features complete the picture and while the first two are a bit mixed, but for very understandable reasons, the third (the bibliography) is rather good.
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This book is packed with information, delivered in a no-nonsense manner. It has outstanding diagrams and graphics. Great for motivated amateurs or anyone seeking to get a detailed review of the latest findings.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2010
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This interesting people had a decisive influence on all Western culture - unfortunately its role is frequently under evaluated with most people having no idea on them. This little book will bring some light on them.

Good reading, indeed.
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