The Hittites were an ancient Anatolian people who lived in the region of Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) from the 18th to the 13th century BC. They are believed to have been the descendants of the earlier Hattians, who had lived in the same region for centuries before the Hittites arrived. The Hittites are best known for their sophisticated use of iron, which allowed them to create a powerful and expansive empire that included parts of modern-day Turkey, Syria, and northern Iraq. The Hittites also established a unique form of government and left behind a series of impressive monuments, such as the Temple of the Storm God in Hattusa. In addition, they developed an extensive writing system and are credited with introducing the use of horse-drawn chariots to the ancient world. Today, the Hittites are remembered as one of the great civilizations of the ancient Near East.
Archaeological excavations on Ayasuluk Hill in Turkey have led to the discovery of an interesting 3,200-year-old Mycenaean statuette that shed new light on the Hittites, one of the most powerful ancient civilizations that occupied the ancient region of Anatolia.
I write a historical fantasy series inspired by a little-known Hittite queen. There are two titles thus far in the series, Priestess of Ishana and Sorcery in Alpara. “My” queen is still a very young woman in these books, but I intend to follow the main events of her long life for quite a few more… Read More »Historical Repeats: Digging up Hittites by Judith Starkston
Archaeologists excavating in Turkey have unearthed a mysterious, ancient circular structure that could be part of something much bigger. Scientists are now considering the possibility the enigmatic ancient structure, along with other findings made during previous excavation campaigns, could help confirm that the site is truly the ancient holy city of Zippalanda of the Hittites.
Why did the Hittite and Egyptian Empires go to war? By 1274 BC, the Hittites and the Egyptians had co-existed for some four centuries. The Hittites ruled most of modern-day Turkey and controlled a halo of vassal kingdoms on the Turkish coasts and in the northern Levant. Far to the south, the Egyptians held sway, their crop fields fed by the yearly inundations of the Nile and protected by the vast tracts of desert either side of that great waterway. The Egyptians too controlled many vassal lands
In part two of the Battle of Kadesh, we followed the march of the Hittites and the Egyptians as they converged upon the city of Kadesh. We left off with Pharaoh Ramesses and his Amun Army encamped northwest of the city, triumphant that they had reached it before their rivals... only to be struck dumb by the news that the Hittites were in fact here already, concealed behind the eastern side of the Kadesh mound. Now we plunge into the depths of the oldest battle on record... Ramesses' Reaction
The Hittites ruled vast tracts of the Ancient Near East for over four hundred years (roughly 1650 BC - 1200 BC). Their army was feared far and wide. Their mighty infantry and thundering chariots were the dread of the battlefield. At times they could muster as many as fifty thousand men. They won many, many battles for their king and their gods. What was the secret of their success? Well, popular conception has it that the Hittites possessed an extra edge over their rivals... an edge of iron. "Ho
The Hittite Empire dominated ancient Anatolia for over five centuries. If a neighbouring kingdom attacked, the Hittites crushed the offending state and made them vassals. When the great contemporary empires of Egypt or Assyria encroached, the Hittites called upon their mighty army and the subjugated vassals and marched to war - usually sending Pharaoh or the Kings of Ashur home, humbled. There was one danger that came not in the form of a rival empire or a plucky kingdom. This threat was constan
A fascinating archaeological discovery has been made in the ancient city of Kayalipinar, Turkey. Archaeologists report unearthing ancient clay seal impressions that could re-write the history of the Hittites.
Welcome to the blog. Can you tell me about your new novel. Although much of it was done a long time ago, when I began teaching a course that involved a cultural and historical look at Ugarit, tackling a series of books set in an obscure city state in the Late Bronze Age did require…