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Product Details

  • Series: Warrior (Book 120)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846030811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846030819
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautifully and professionally produced, as are all Osprey publications, this book has 8 color, 39 black and white photos, and 4 maps ... The combination of color plates and well-researched text from rare first-hand sources makes this a must for those interested in this army and period." -Michael Koznarsky, Historical Miniature Gamer (Issue 10)

"Trevor Bryce's Hittite Warrior is written by an expert on the topic and follows the history of a warrior people famed for their ferocity. Their early empire stretched from Mesopotamia to Syria and Palestine: this book examines not only their history and culture, but specifically their battle tactics and strategies." -The Bookwatch (February 2008)

"Bryce not only deals with the soldiers' life, but the lives of ordinary Hittites as well to place the military into context... While there are a number of good learned books and articles about the Hittites, this new volume is a useful primer on the subject and as such I can recommend it to the modeller and wargamer." -Paul Bradley, International Plastic Modeler's Society

"It is a book that should be on the shelf of any serious historian or those who have an interest in this era. One I enjoyed reading and can highly recommend to you." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (August 2007)

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Trevor Bryce is a Classicist and ancient Near Eastern historian who has published extensively on the Classical and Near Eastern worlds. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of New England Australia and has been awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society and the Humanities in the Study of History. He has held teaching fellowships at numerous universities, including: the University of Oxford and Princeton. He has also lectured all over the world, including the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC. In 2004 he was historical consultant for a BBC documentary on the 'Truth of Troy.' He leads a number of historical tours in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Jordan. The author lives in Australia.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Murphy on October 24, 2007
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This is one of the most powerful titles in Osprey's warrior series yet published, focusing on the Bronze Age warriors of one of history's first empires.

Initially known of only from several references in the Old Testament and in Egyptian texts, the Hittites were introduced to the archaeological world through the discovery of their capital of Hattusas in central Anatolia, and now much is known of their history, culture, religion, appearance, and indeed their arms and armies.

The author presents a fresh new look at this topic, revealing that it was not large quantities of iron (which they did not actually possess to the degree of giving all their troops iron weapons) but instead organization, duty to king and country, and sometimes fear that motivated the Hittite warriors to bravely clash with all their contemporaries, including the Egyptians and the barbaric Kaskas people of northern Turkey.

Though Egyptian soldiers gave them the derogatory nickname 'hmty' (meaning women-warriors, because they wore their hair very long), the Hittite Army was a formidable force, well organized, superbly trained, and capable of covering great distances in short periods of time. Just like medieval knights, the chariotry of the Hittite army formed their noble elite, and always sought to clash with those of their enemies. The infantry, who were usually either members of a militia or auxiliaries from conquered tribes, guarded the baggage and prisoners, and faced off with the infantry of the enemy.

Though the Hittites formed a vast empire, they did not get to sit back and enjoy the fruits of their conquests like the Romans 1500 years later. Every year the Emperor had to ride out to put down revolts, and soldiers constantly manned the frontiers for fear of barbarian raiders.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kadir Kaba on November 10, 2007
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"Hittite Warrior" is one of the best issues of Warrior series of Osprey. This book, firstly is perfect to attrack usual history lovers as well as people who are only interested in military history. The text, which is rich in every aspect, is simple for everyone to understand yet perfectly informative fort the experts of this subject (thanks to the dominant information of Trevor Bryce in this subject). By using the historical written evidences, and the telling of the events of war from the Hittite archives, Trevor Bryce first ables the reader to understand everything better and then later forms a strong base for the comprehension of the illustrations.
Nearly reallistic and artistly rendered illustrations are in a perfect wholeness with the text. All the plates serve well their functional purpose of illustrating the Hittite soldiers, starting from the recruitment till all their roles in the army. Shortly this book is one of the best visual sources for learning about these fierce warriors of the Anatolian steppes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anibal Madeira on August 1, 2010
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Very worthy and highly recommended.

The author of this book is in my humble opinion one of the leading scholars writing on the subject of Hittite history, and he competently eliminates myths (iron weapons made Hittite might...when they only had prestige meteoritic iron items), raises questions (where did they get tin?), reconstructed soldiers life (including visits to the taverns out of the safety of the walls), hierarchy of command including the different ranks and how they were liable to heavy and cruel punishment.

The campaigns, battles, naval battles and sieges are also givem attention, including the relocation of conquered people (many of them blinded) and rebels, etc.

Curious like this people is mysogenistic, even the loyalty oath mentions that if they break it they should turn into women; also in several tablets they associate cowardice with womanly behaviour; this could explain how horrible was the Egyptian offense to call them warrior women (probably it wasn't only because of their long hair, but also as an offense).

Great book...but there is so much guesswork. From the discipline in battle and punishments of the soldier (the tablets prove that there were heavy punishments for the failed officers, but nothing is said about the soldier!), to the thick plaids of hair serving as protection (I don't believe even "rastas" could provide much help stopping an arrow or spear thrust,much less well cared straight hair). Many assumptions and guesses are made in this work - in the authors defense I must say that he usually states it like a possibility, but I believe that Professor Trevor Bryce could write a 64 page book on the Hittite military without so many guesses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Cheryl A. Bullock on May 18, 2008
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The author (an internationally renowned scholar) sets out clearly little known, and next to impossible to find details of the Hittite army and puts it in historical context. For anyone interested in Bronze Age armies and history this is a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on June 12, 2011
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How awesome is it to find a book on the Hittite military written by an expert in the field? Trevor Bryce is the top English expert on the Hittites today. His wonderful books The Kingdom of the Hittites and Life and Society in the Hittite World are required reading for anyone interested in the Hittites. This book is an Osprey one and thus very short (64 pages). I'm assuming that Bryce agreed to write this because he wanted to see illustrations on his topic. Well he got them. There are some very nice drawings that depict the Hittite army in action. The detail of the text is somewhat vague since not much is known about how the Hittites fought or armed for war. Even at 64 pages there is probably some padding involved. Still, what information there is is interesting and I learned a great deal about Hittite military organization.
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