During the last 150 years, archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and philologists have all made substantial contributions to our knowledge of the ancient civilizations which rose, flourished, and fell in the land-mass extending from the Aegean coast of modern Turkey through Syria, Palestine, and Mesopotamia to the eastern frontiers of modern Iran. Some of these civilizations date back to the very beginnings of urban settlement in the Near East. The focus of this book is primarily on the political and military history of the Hittites, providing an important context for an investigation of the many other aspects of Hittite civilization, including religion, social customs and mores, art, and literature. The Hittite civilization was part of a continuum of human development which in Anatolia as elsewhere in the Near East extended back many millennia.
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