Item description for The Hittites and Their World (Archaeology and Biblical Studies) by Billie Jean Collins...
Lost to history for millennia, the Hittites have regained their position among the great civilizations of the Late Bronze Age Near East, thanks to a century of archaeological discovery and philological investigation.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.76" Width: 6.46" Height: 0.79" Weight: 1.37 lbs.
Binding Library Binding
Release Date Mar 30, 2008
ISBN 9004157441 ISBN13 9789004157446
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Worth the read! Mar 29, 2010
Collins' presentation and readable style make this book an accessible introduction to Hittite culture and civilization. I would not hesitate using this book in any course in which I would need a thorough yet concise presentation of the Hittites, especially since the book is relatively cheap.
Critiques are few and minor but worth noting: 1) At times, Collins leaves the suffixes off of the names of kings once she's introduced them. For example, Collins introduces Muwatalli II, but then refers to him as Muwatalli in the subsequent discussion (53-56). This posses confusion especially when Collins writes about one of the five Tudhaliyas (I-IV and the allusive Tudhaliya the Young). The problem is not so evident in a fluid reading of the text, but very clear when one goes back to find some thing in the text. The reader may be absolutely lost save for the helpful chart of kings on page 38. 2) While Collins does a good job of footnoting primary text references, she leaves the reader wanting at times for a footnote. For example she writes of divination texts, "Tablets recording oracles often survive as notes hastily taken during the course of the inquiry" (166-7). There is no footnote guiding the reader to said texts.
These minute critiques should not take away from the greater value of the book. It is an excellent work.
Finally a more rounded picture of the Hittites May 7, 2009
After seeing a bleak depiction of the warlike Hittites on television, I sought a more rounded picture. While Billie Jean Collins gives the history of the kings, their conquests and defeats, thankfully she doesn't stop there. The written records are largely about the leaders' battles to maintain power and spread their influence, often by force of arms, but also with trade, diplomacy and strategic marriages.
We are just begining to understand that the Hittites also had literature, some of which had an effect on what eventually became the Hebrew bible. They were sincerely religious and proud of their "thousand gods". They added the gods of the cities they drew within their sphere of influence to their pantheon. They held together a diverse and contentious kingdom showing respect for the peoples differences and attempting to treat all fairly.
I would have liked to have learned more about the position of women and their activities. Unfortunately, not much has surfaced on that subject yet. I did find out that there were powerful queens who had religious duties and healers called Wise Women. At one point they bragged that women could walk the improved roads with their distaffs. Of course, the worst threat that could be made to a soldier was that he would be turned into a woman. While I found it a slog to get through the obligatory king list, I really enjoyed the information and insights that followed. That the Hittites were early Indo-Europeans who were holding their own in the ancient world fascinates me. The center of the Hittite world includes Catal Hoyuk a large Neolithic, early agricultural, settlement. The emphasis on the bull in the art there seems to have echoes among the Hittites as well as the Minoans.