The Hittites: A Civilization That Changed the World
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I do admit I might only give it three stars without the melliflous narration of Jeremy Irons, gently pronouncing these jawcracker names. There seems to be some disagreement on how to pronounce the names, and the written form (from the Cambridge Ancient History) lists them as having -ash at the end. Hattushilli is Khattushilash, for example, so it make it confusing.
I quite enjoyed this DVD, and have watched it several times. It has surprising production values compare to many shows on the History Channel, and seems to have been promoted by the Turkish government - if so, good for them. Turkey is a deep well of history.
Bottom line, if you're a veteran watcher of History Channel type documentaries, you'll enjoy this.
The excellent narrative, performed most beautifully by Irons, outlines all the major events in the formation and downfall of the Hittites. I learned so much from this documentary, which I only just saw. And I'm an Indo-Europeanologist! I have been all my life, but this documentary taught me things that blew me away repeatedly. It is excellent.
I and most of us can do without the stupid reenactments and silly wigs/costumes. This documentary has far too much of that--and may I add it has a lot of wasted time with stupid overblown close-ups of those awful reenactors scowling at the camera. Education does not need this! In spite of it, it is most instructive to anyone interested in any sort of history.
The documentary, mainly due to lack of evidence, skips over a few periods and relationships I should have liked to know better (i.e., did the Hittites father the Celts?). Smoothly avoiding what we don't really know, the documentary compensates by exposing Hittite practices in detail. We recently discovered the Hittites used Sumero-Babylonian cuneiform to record their language. That is one way cuneiform got all around the world.
The Hittites also embraced the religions of the people they conquered in their mad expansion--plus had a practice of establishing local viceroys to rule the outskirts.Read more ›
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Loved this program on tv. Well done in showing the story of these people. Jeremy Iron's voice as the host is so clear and I marveled at his pronunciation of the complicated... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Phyllis Sherwin
When I first saw this documentary on the 'Smithsonian Channel', it caught my eye. Once more 'AMAZON PRIME' had this documentary in its listing. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Albuquerque
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