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The Hittites: And Their Contemporaries in Asia Minor (Revised and Enlarged Edition) (Ancient Peoples and Places) [Paperback]

J. G. Macqueen
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September 17, 1996 0500278873 978-0500278871 Revised and Enlarged Edition

Appearing here in an updated paperback edition for the first time, J. G. Macqueen's study of the Hittites was hailed by reviewers in its original publication as "stimulating" and "outstanding."

The Hittites were an Indo-European speaking people who established a kingdom in Anatolia (modern Turkey) almost 4,000 years ago. They rose to become one of the greatest powers of the Ancient Middle Eastern world by conquering Babylon and challenging the power of the Egyptian Pharaoh Rameses II at the battle of Quadesh. They themselves were destroyed in the wake of movements of the enigmatic Sea peoples around 1180 BC. This study investigates the origins of the Hittites, the sources of the metals that were so vital to their success and their relationship with contemporaries in the Aegean world, the Trojans and the Mycenaean Greeks. It includes descriptions of excavations, particularly at the temples and great defensive ramparts of the Hittite capital at Hattusas. 149 illustrations

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This revised and expanded edition of Macqueen's 1975 original delves deeper into the history of the Hittites and provides information on recent excavations and a new preface.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

J. G. Macqueen is a former Scholar of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, Turkey, and was until 1992 Reader in Classics and Ancient Middle Eastern Studies at Bristol University. He has excavated and done field survey-work in Turkey, and is the author of numerous articles in learned journals, as well as the books Babylon and The Hittites.

Product Details

  • Series: Ancient Peoples and Places
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Revised and Enlarged Edition edition (September 17, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500278873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500278871
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of information for the serious layman... October 16, 1996
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This clasic summary of all that is known about the long-forgotten Hittites of Anatolia was written in 1975 and updated in 1986. The paperback edition includes a page of added prefatory material summarizing--too briefly--finds made and new theories proposed in the last 10 years, including the discovery at last of tin mines in central Anatolia. Despite being behind the times, however, this information-packed 176-page book is an excellent source of solid information. (Aramco World
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but there are better November 29, 2004
Although it has been updated, this book retains the emphasis and approach of its predecessors. The author is a fine scholar. The strengths of the book lie in its archeological information. But even here there are other sources for non-technical readers that are more helpful, such as the guide to the ruins of Hattusa by Juergen Seeher. The information about history and culture, drawn principally from textual sources (i.e., Hittite clay tablets) are better summarized in the two books by Trevor Bryce: Kingdom of the Hittites, and Life and Society in the Hittite World (both published by Oxford Univ. Press).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 22, 2002
My main historical interest is from man's earliest origins down to the formation of the first great city states in the third and second millenium B.C. in Mesopotamia and Old Kingdom Egypt. Since the Hittite empire can be traced back to at least 2000 B.C., they just barely make it into the period I'm interested in. As result, I was mainly interested in the first half of the book, discussing the earliest origins of the Hittites, so I will only comment on that. However, I found it to be a very readable history, as McQueen's writing flows well and doesn't get bogged down in trivial facts. There is a lot of good information here, and it was exactly what I needed to fill a gap in my knowledge of the earliest civilizations. This is the second updated edition, but I'd love to see an even more recent study on the subject, and as a result of reading McQueen's book, I may see if there are anymore out there. Overall, a readable and scholarly book on this important, ancient civilization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent- Macqueen writes as if he was there June 16, 1999
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Anyone who remembers Macqueen's superb "Babylon" will not be surprised by his triumph here. Always accessible, always entertaining and full of surprises, Macqueen makes ancient history come alive. In short, an excellent read.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to be read December 1, 2000
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This book is one that you are not able to stop as soon you start. Very readable with a very nice fluent English. The author is a very good professor (Lecturer?) and knows how to keep your attention. Further, he is able to shows his opinion against the literature even when is not at a good position. The book has very nice maps and archeological site photos that really add nicely to the text. Sometimes you are able to read a book that make you think.Well done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed. I enjoyed it and learned a great deal. January 6, 2013
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I enjoyed this. If not for an upcoming trip to Turkey, I probably would not have bothered. Glad I did as this was a very interesting subject. The book started somewhat dry, but was fascinating that so much info can be gleamed from archeology and from written records. This book covers the history of the Hittites, rise and abrupt fall. Also it covers a wide variety of subjects about the society-religion, military, agriculture. Not a bad book for covering King Midas, King Croesus, Cyrus the Great, King Tut and more. Worth my time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best on Ancient Hatti June 22, 2007
The single best source on the Hittites I am aware of, packed with jargon-free information on the history, language, religion, culture, and legacy of one of the ancient world's first and most war-like empires.
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The Hittites built an empire in antique times, stretching across much of Asia Minor -today's Turkey--and sometimes extending well into Syria, and at its peak, all the way to Babylon. They established their kingdom in the 1700s BC. At their peak, in the 1300s BC, their power rivaled Babylon and Egypt's. Hittite power rested partly on their mastery of the chariot, which could trample and generally disrupt enemy infantry formations. They won their signal victory against Ramses II -possibly the Pharaoh of Exodus-a Kadesh, in northern Syria, in 1286 BC, fighting the warrior Pharaoh to a draw and forcing a peace. The peace agreement is preserved in Egypt at Karnak and, separately, in an Akkadian versoin. The remarkable document, the first preserved international peace treaty, has 18 articles, and starts with:

"Reamasesa, the great king, the king of the country of Egypt, shall never attack the country of Hatti to take possession of a part (of this country). And Hattusili, the great king, the king of the country of Hatti, shall never attack the country of Egypt to take possession of a part (of that country). "

On my last visit to the remarkable Museum of Anatolian Civilization in Ankara, I saw correspondence that dates to the peace of Kadesh, between the Queen of Egypt and the Queen of the Hittites, in cuneiform tablet, still in its cuneiform-inscribed clay envelope.

Soon afterwards, the Hittite kingdom was over-run by the mysterious Sea Peoples, who may have originated in what's now the Greek Islands, and who also brought and end to Egypt's Middle Kingdom. The Hittites mentioned in the Bible are actually neo-Hittites, which were surviving Hittite groups based mainly in Syria.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History, sociology, politics, architecture, epilogue
The book is a fine introduction to origins and development of late Bronze age cultures in Asia Minor. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Gderf
5.0 out of 5 stars The Facts, and Nothing but the Facts about the Hittites
This book is an academic text that pieces together the facts about the Hittites from their translated clay tablets and archeological finds, and gives the reader a modern... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carl Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars poor reader book
I rate this book poor for the following reasons.
author assumes you know as much about archeology as he does
author introduces many references and points without the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by dean
4.0 out of 5 stars recommended
I recommend this book for anyone who, like me, sought to know more about the Hittites and their contemporaries. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Orlando
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...and idiosyncratical
The best entree for this book is travel to Hattusa, where you can be photographed at the lion gate, standing on a nephrite jade pedestal on the site of the main temple, and with... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Larry N. Stout
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Macqueen's Hittites
This is finely crafted introduction to Hittite history. The author makes an effort to emphasize the continuing discontinuities in Anatolian history, and looks carefully the many... Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Ryan Mease
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life
I wish I had known about the Hittites earlier. They slay me. Man, this book changed my life.
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