The Hittite texts: Assuwa, Ahhiyawa, and Alaksandu of Wilusa

in The Trojan War

Published in print May 2013 | ISBN: 9780199760275
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365852 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

The Hittite texts: Assuwa, Ahhiyawa, and Alaksandu of Wilusa

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‘The Hittite texts: Assuwa, Ahhiyawa, and Alaksandu of Wilusa’ looks at the Hittite records of wars in the vicinity of Troy. It is likely that what the Hittites called ‘Wilusa’ refers to Troy, and the ‘Ahhiyawa’ represent the Mycenaeans. If this is true, there is a record of Mycenaeans fighting in Anatolia from the 15th century bce. Four possible conflicts occurred between the 15th and 13th centuries, including a revolt of Wilusa against the Hittites and a conflict between the Hittites and the Ahhiyawa. It is uncertain which of these conflicts Homer recorded, or whether the Greek poems telescope years of conflict into a single war.

Keywords: Anatolia; Bronze Age; Hittites; Homer; Troy

Chapter.  4241 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Archaeology ; Ancient Greek History

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