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After the Hittites: The Kingdoms of Karkamish and Palistin in Northern Syria

Weeden, Mark (2013) 'After the Hittites: The Kingdoms of Karkamish and Palistin in Northern Syria.' Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 56 (2). pp. 1-20.

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Abstract

The disappearance and weakening of the Late Bronze Age territorial empires in the Eastern Mediterranean shortly after 1200 BC is traditionally held to be followed by a so-called Dark Age of around 300 years, characterized by a lack of written sources. However, new sources are appearing, mainly in the medium of Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions, which help us to understand events and, more importantly, political and geographical power constellations during the period. The new sources are briefly situated within the framework of the current debates, with special regard given to the territories of Karkamish and Palistin. Emphasis is laid on the apparent continuation of local idioms for the articulation of power, largely persisting from the Hittite Empire, in spite of any changes in population, social structure, or political institutions that may have occurred.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
Depositing User: Mark Weeden
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 12:00
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/17711

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