Episode 77 – Hittite 10 Idrimi’s Adventure and Tudhaliya’s Invasion

We return to Anatolia, where our tale remains just as poorly documented and fast moving as it is in Babylon, thought there is light at the end of the tunnel this week as we finally get into the transition to the Hittite New Kingdom, with all the renewed conquest and court drama that entails. Actually, so little happens in the Hittite Middle Kingdom that much of the first half of the show is dedicated to one of the more peculiar incidents, the tale of Idrimi, a deposed prince who turns himself into a major Syrian power.

As promised, here is a little map showing the much reduced Hittite Kingdom circa 1450 BCE. Map from the defunct but wonderful site Hittites.info

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