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Defining the Neo-Hittites

Trevor Bryce

in The World of The Neo-Hittite Kingdoms

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199218721
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739101 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218721.003.0004
Defining the Neo-Hittites

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Discussion of what the term ‘Hatti’, originally used of the Hittite empire, means in the Iron Ages sources which refer to it provides the first section of this chapter, and leads on to a more general survey of the political structure of Syria during the period of the Neo-Hittite kingdoms. That leads further to a consideration of who actually constituted the populations of these kingdoms. The general assumption that they were by and large the descendants of refugees from the Late Bronze Age Hittite world is questioned, and alternative possibilities are suggested. The chapter ends with a discussion of the emergence of the royal dynasties in the Neo-Hittite kingdoms and their possible links with Bronze Age Hittite royalty.

Keywords: Hatti; Syria; Neo-Hittite kingdoms; Iron Age sources; the populations of the kingdoms; links with the Bronze Age; the Neo-Hittite dynasties

Chapter.  7919 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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