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Life and Society in the Hittite World


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Life and Society in the Hittite World
by Trevor Bryce

Times Literary Supplement
"Bryce gets behind the mask of the official records, and gives us the Hittites’ inner thoughts…. Thoughtful and informative." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"Trevor Bryce has written a beautiful and informative book about how people lived in the Hittite kingdom. The book is reliable and accurate in its content. The text is extrememly well-written. At times the language is almost lyrical I have no reservation about recommending his book not only to the general public, but also to university students and even to my fellow specialists. I wish this book a wide reading."-Harry A. Hoffner, Jr. Journal of Near Eastern Studies
"What is...needed is a readable and up-to-date synthesis which can introduce the wider public to the Hittites as a human society, and the author has provided this in a masterly way.... Bryce gets behind the mask of the official records, and gives us the Hittites' inner thoughts. It is a world both humane and grim.... We may be closer heirs to the Kingdom of the Hittites than we imagine. Here is one more reason to study this thoughtful and informative book."--Times Literary Supplement
"Trevor Bryce is the most successful--and responsible--popularizer of Anatolian studies active today.... This volume provides a comprehensive and highly readable introduction to the culture of the earliest attested state-level society employing an Indo-European language. As such it should be most useful for professional Classicists and ancient historians, as well as for the general reader."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Combining lucidity with scholarly rigour and displaying an informed and thoughtful response to the topic, this well-written book will be of particular value to university students and ancient historians. It deserves also to find a place in the wider market."--Times Higher Education Supplement
"A reliably up-to-date Hittite study in English.... A captivating vignette introduces each chapter, drawing readers into the lives of various social types...as well as festivals, gods, law, medicine, myth, and death.... This accessible social history is lively and rich in information, a valuable addition to college and university libraries."--Choice


Product Description
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). 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 who for a time became the supreme political and military power in the ancient Near East.

About the Author

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

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