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The Kingdoms Evolve (12th–11th centuries)

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/9780199218721.003.0011
The Kingdoms Evolve (12th–11th centuries)

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The chapter looks at the context in which the Neo-Hittite kingdoms began to emerge, perhaps with the initial impetus for their development coming from Carchemish. In the late 12th–early 11th century, Neo-Hittite history begins to mesh with Assyrian history, with the resurgence of Assyrian power and involvement west of the Euphrates in the reign of the Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser I. This provides an important background for a discussion of the circumstances in which the Neo-Hittite kingdoms evolved. Further background information is provided by a brief treatment of the changing face of Syria and Palestine at the turn of the millennium. The chapter ends with a discussion of the origins of the various Neo-Hittite kingdoms. That links up with the questions raised in Chapter 3 about how the Neo-Hittite kingdoms were formed and who inhabited them.

Keywords: Carchemish; Tiglath-pileser I; Assyrians; Syria; Palestine; evolution of kingdoms

Chapter.  6620 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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