The Hittites, people formerly domesticated in the Anatolia Peninsula, were considered a significant civilization in the Bronze Age. Senior Lecturer, SOAS, University of London, Dr Mark Weeden, joins the show to discuss these people.
Some topics explored
- The origination of the “Hittites” name;
- The forms of communication that the civilization used;
- What’s known about their international trade activities, and relationships, with neighbouring states;
- How the civilization became an empire for a period of time;
- Their relationship to Troy, and the Trojan people, cited in Homer’s epic poem, The Illiad;
- The civilization’s eventual decline, and contemporaneously, around the end of the Bronze Age
Listen to the episode
The episode can be streamed below and is also available on major podcast apps: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
- Dr Weeden has authored numerous publications on the Hittites including the books Hittite Logograms and Hittite Scholarship (Otto Harrassowitz, 2011) and Hittite Landscape and Geography (Brill, 2017).
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