Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Hittites


Civilizations of the Fertile Crescent:  The Hittites

The Hittites were a fierce and mysterious people who lived in the central and eastern part of Anatolia, in the modern country of Turkey. The Hittites created a strong and important empire in the years between 1900 B.C. and 1100 B.C. (3,000 - 4,000 years ago), often battling or trading with the Egyptians, competing with the pharaoh Ramses the Great for domination over Palestine and the area of today's Syria.

The Hittites had their capital city at Hattusa, and were known in the ancient world for their skill in smelting and metal working, particularly using bronze and iron to make weapons.





Some great sources on the Hittites:

Wikipedia Entry
Emory University
The British Museum
Archaeological Site of Hattusa

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