Life and Society in the Hittite World

Paperback | December 17, 2004

byTrevor Bryce

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In dealing with a wide range of aspects of the life, activities, and customs of the Late Bronze Age Hittite world, this book complements the treatment of Hittite military and political history presented by the author in The Kingdom of the Hittites (OUP, 1998). It aims to convey to the reader asense of what it was like to live amongst the people of the Hittite world, to participate in their celebrations, to share their crises, to meet them in the streets of the capital or in their homes, to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a healing ritual, to attend an audience with the GreatKing, and to follow his progress in festival processions to the holy places of the Hittite land. Through quotations from the original sources and through the word pictures to which these give rise, the book aims at recreating, as far as is possible, the daily lives and experiences of a people whofor a time became the supreme political and military power in the ancient Near East.

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In dealing with a wide range of aspects of the life, activities, and customs of the Late Bronze Age Hittite world, this book complements the treatment of Hittite military and political history presented by the author in The Kingdom of the Hittites (OUP, 1998). It aims to convey to the reader asense of what it was like to live amongst t...

Trevor Bryce is Honorary Research Consultant, University of Queensland, Australia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.73 inPublished:December 17, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199275882

ISBN - 13:9780199275885

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Table of Contents

IntroductionSynopsis1. King, Court, and Royal Officials2. The People and the Law3. The Scribe4. The Farmer5. The Merchant6. The Warrior7. Marriage8. The Gods9. The Curers of Diseases10. Death, Burial, and the Afterlife11. Festivals and Rituals12. Myth13. The Capital14. Links across the Wine-Dark Sea

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`The book is unusual in its avowed aim of communicating the essential experience of being an individual in ancient Hittite society. A vivid writing style sutis this empathetic approach.'Social Anthropology