This work presents full translations of than 50 documents from the files of the foreign office of the Hittite Empire 21 treaties, 18 diplomatic letters, and 18 royal edicts and miscellaneous records concerning the relations of the Hittites with their Anatolian and Syrian vassals, as well as with other great powers such as Egypt, Assyria, and Babylonia Originally composed in Hittite or in the Akkadian lingua franca of the day, many of these texts have never before appeared in English A short introduction places each document in its historical and cultural context, and a general essay acquaints the reader with the diplomatic practice of the Late Bronze Age This collection of documents will be a major source book for historians of the Ancient Near East and for students of cuneiform and Biblical law It will also prove useful for those investigating the relationship between Biblical covenant theology and its possible antecedents in older Near Eastern treaty patterns....
|Title||:||Hittite Diplomatic Texts, Second edition|
|Publisher||:||Society of Biblical Literature 2 edition 1999|
|Number of Pages||:||244 pages|
|File Size||:||667 KB|
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Hittite Diplomatic Texts, Second edition Reviews
Beckman’s “Hittite Diplomatic Texts” (2nd Edition, 1999) is one of several books in the “Writings from the Ancient World” series that publishes translations of documents from the Hittite Kingdom (see list below). In “Diplomatic Texts,” Beckman translates treaties, letters, edicts, and a few other miscellaneous texts to provide a collection of documents related to Hittite diplomacy in New Kingdom period. The treaties of Suppiluliuma I document his efforts to reestablish and expand the empire after it was nearly destroyed during the reign of his father Tudhaliya. The treaties of Suppiluliuma’s son Mursili II show the results of his campaigns in the Arzawa lands (western coast of Anatolia), in which he overthrew king Uhhaziti and established several balkanized client kingdoms in the region. Perhaps the most fascinating document is the famous treaty between Muwattalli II and Alaksandu of Wilusa (=Alexander of Ilios?), which is relevant to the Ahhiyawa Question and the historicity of the Iliad. Finally, the treaties and letters between Hattusili III and Rameses II document the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the courts of Hatti and Egypt after the battle of Kadesh.
From the back: "This collection of documents will be a major source book for historians of the Ancient Near East and for the students of cuneiform and Biblical law. It will also prove useful for those investigating the relationship between Biblical covenant theology and its possible antecedents in older Near Easter Treaty patters"
This is an incredible source for those wanting to know more about how society lived 3000 years ago. Beckman did a fantastic job explaining about the treaties and how they affected Hittite foreign relations.