In the past 3000 years, a forgotten history of the Hittites were buried away. Buried away to the point of almost all traces of the Hittites were vanished. Luckily, modern day technology and knowledge had now allowed us to know more about the Hittites through series of archaeology findings. What were buried now once again had resurfaced to tell an awesome history of the Hittites. Now we know how the Hittites had conquered so many ancient kingdoms, and they even won the great victory at the battle of Kadesh against the equally powerful Egypt empire at the time. At the height of their power, the Hittites had designed their great capital to the point of impenetrable (i.e., it was too formidable of a design for the people at this specific time to figure out how to penetrate the defense of the city). The Hittites built the capital so remotely which they had come up with ingenious design for their time so they could bring water into their capital. It was a great civilization indeed, but for some strange reasons, at the height of their power, the Hittites suddenly vanished without a trace. Watch the video right after the break to see why the Hittites’ civilization was broken into pieces. Nonetheless, just a head up, even the video could not explain what happened to the Hittites after their civilization had broken apart. Where did the Hittites go? Did they just vanish without a trace for real? Enjoy the video…
Afterthought: I think it’s wonderful that we had found their 30,000 tablets. If we had not found such amazing treasures, I don’t think we could have been so successfully deciphered what the Hittites had left behind. Of course, they had left behind a missing part of ancient history. Perhaps, with understanding the Hittites better, we might too understand some behaviors of few great ancient civilizations that had interacted with the Hittites. For an example, at the battle of Kadesh, Egyptian pharaoh, Ramesses II, bragged that he himself had routed his attackers, but some historians are believing that was just a mere propaganda from the ancient Egyptians. According to Wikipedia and here I quote:
Archaeologists have been unable to verify independently any of the events recounted in the Egyptian and Hittite records of the Battle of Kadesh. Knowledge of the battle is derived entirely from the accounts of Hittite and Egyptian records, which disagree with each other (each side claiming victory). Details of the battle are reconstructed with reasonable certainty by reconciling the conflicting accounts through harmonizing these contradictions. Generally speaking, the nature of the available evidence makes it possible to reconstruct the outcome as portrayed by the Hittites, while gleaning believable details from Ramesses’ account wherever possible. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kadesh)
So I guess, it’s great to have some insight into Hittites so we can know more about other civilizations at the time too. After all, each past civilization that dealt with Hittites had to contend with the influences of the once mighty Hittite empire. I’m wondering now though, had the Hittites formed another civilization when their former civilization had broken up? If they had, who had they become? Which modern trace is the remnant of the Hittite past?
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