The best books on the Hittite Empire

The Books I Picked & Why

The Kingdom of the Hittites

By Trevor Bryce

The Kingdom of the Hittites

Why this book?

Every historical period needs a seminal work to set the scene and give a solid grounding in the era. Bryce's 'The Kingdom of the Hittites' does that and manages to entertain along the way, with stories of outlandish Hittite customs - such as spitting in a sheep's mouth to cure marital strife! - adding colour and character to the foundational principles of their ancient societal system.


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Ancient Turkey: A Traveller's History

By Seton Lloyd

Ancient Turkey: A Traveller's History

Why this book?

This is the vicarious traveler’s delight. ‘Sensory’ doesn’t quite cover the delightful descriptives in Lloyd’s ‘Ancient Turkey’. He takes you on a journey across the varied and beautiful landscape of Anatolia and though time as well - from prehistory through the Bronze Age when the Hittite Empire dominated and the legend of Troy was born, on to the time of King Midas and right up to the Greek and Roman periods.


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1177 BC The Year Civilization Collapsed

By Eric Cline

1177 BC The Year Civilization Collapsed

Why this book?

The Bronze Age was followed by the Iron Age. What caused this epochal shift? Eric Cline outlines just how cataclysmic the 12th and 13th centuries BC really were. Be prepared for fire, earthquakes, and a tide of war!


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Dawn of Empire

By Sam Barone

Dawn of Empire

Why this book?

I read it some 15 years ago… yet when I close my eyes I can still see Eskkar and Trella and their small band, smell the heat and dust of Mesopotamia. Surrounded by marauding raiders, they must use their wits and will to survive in order to build the earliest of walled cities. Tense and beautifully immersive, Barone’s ‘Dawn of Empire’ is unique and memorable – perfect escapism!


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Toy: Lord of the Silver Bow

By David Gemmell

Toy: Lord of the Silver Bow

Why this book?

Gemmell’s books are renowned, and I have enjoyed every single one. None more so than this, however. ‘Lord of the Silver Bow’ spirits one to the Bronze Age and to the Trojan War. Never have I been so touched by the individuals in the well-known cast – not even in The Iliad itself – than here. Packed with tension, love, tragedy, high adventure, and moral philosophy throughout. An absolute masterpiece.


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