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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846032075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846032073
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although much has vanished over the millennia there's still a surprising amount to be seen by visitors to the area, and the major sites are comprehensively described and illustrated here. The Hittites clashed with other empires as well as with nearer neighbours, and developed some intriguing fortification techniques as a result. This is a book that will fascinate students of the ancient Near East as well as wargamers. Highly recommended." -John Prigent, "Internet Modeler "(March 2008) "The author examines the various features of Hittite fortifications; walls, towers, gates, posterns, and ramparts. A volume that will interest those who study ancient history or archeology offer a different perspective on the once powerful Hittites." -J.E. Kaufmann, "SiteO" (March 2008) "Overall, another fine book in this series and one that should be on the shelves of anyone interested in this particular time and place in ancient history." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com "(March 2008)

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Konstantin Nossov is a researcher in and advisor on ancient and medieval arms, armour and warfare, as well as the author of numerous books and articles on the subject. His particular areas of interest include the history of weapons, fortification and siege warfare. He has lived all his life in Moscow and has travelled extensively in Europe, North Africa, South Asia, Asia Minor and the Far East.

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In the second half of the 3rd millennium BC the Indo-European tribes known to us as the Hittites started to migrate to and settle in Central Anatolia. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Aetius on 14 July 2008
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The Hittites were one of the superpowers of the Bronze Age world, and in many respects they were the equals of the Egyptians at the time. While the Ancient Egyptians are world famous on the one hand, the Hittites have been almost totally forgotten. Today, the ruins of their fortifications stand as the greatest testament to power of this once great civilisation.

It is these fortifications that are the subject of this book, and I was surprised to see that it is not only Hattusha, the Hittite capital, that gets the author's attention. He does give at least some attention to sites such as Alacahoyuk, Alisar, Carchemish and Gavurkalesi among other places.

Essentially this book is an overview of the walls of these sites, their towers, gates and posterns. That said the author does also look at the citadels and religious sites, although these don't get as much attention. Maps and colour photographs help show us these sites as they look today, but the main draw of the book are the nice colour plates by Brian Delf. These display the buildings at Hattusha and other sites as they might have appeared at the height of Hittite power. Some examples include cut-away art of the Hittite walls, the citadel of Buyukkale and the defences of Alachoyuk fortress.

For a very short title this is packed with information. There isn't much books on the Hittites in English, so it's worth getting this if you have an interest in the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2011
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As with all Osprey books the main reason to buy them is the illustrations. These do not disappoint. This book contains detailed paintings of Hattusa, Alacahöyük, Karatepe, and Yazilikaya. It's pretty cool to see these ruins reconstructed and the artist does a fine job. The information in the book is good as well going into how the Hittites built their walls and why. It also goes into details on the main structure of the walls including the towers, ramps, ramparts, and tunnels. It then examines the fortifications of Hattusa, Alacahöyük, and Karatepe in detail. Throughout there are many photographs and diagrams. Very nice.
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As indicated in the title, and in agreement with other reviewers on Amazon.co.uk, this little book from Osprey's fortress series is a good one and a solid. It is not only about Hattusa, the capital city of the Hittite Empire during most of the Bronze Age. It also covers eight other sites, including two in some depth. It also shows how little we know about some of them, why, and how much is still to be discovered. For instance Carchemish's citadel is nowadays a Turkish military base, which is something that does not exactly help archaeological excavations).

This little book is a comprehensive introduction and this is what makes it so good. The author and the illustrator could have limited themselves to the description of the various sites and illustrated the reconstructions through a mix of plates, drawings and photos. This in itself would have made this booklet into a good Osprey title and all of this is indeed included. What makes this title "more than simply good" is that quite a lot of context is provided, both on the Hittite Bronze Age Empire and its successor states during the early Iron Age (up to 700 BC), and this is where the booklet moves from "good" to "outstanding" in my view.

Three other features complete the picture and while the first two are a bit mixed, but for very understandable reasons, the third (the bibliography) is rather good.
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