Episode 96 – Hittite 22 Fall of the Hittite Empire

In 1200 BCE, the Hittite Empire fell, its capitol of Hattusa was abandoned and its final king, Suppiluliuma II, was probably dead. The circumstances leading up to that fall, and the reign of Tudhaliya IV, the final significant Hittite king, are as much a roller coaster of ups, downs, and gaps in the historical record as the whole of Hittite history has been, but the empire had to end at some point, and it chose to end here. Note that this is the final episode of season 1 of the podcast, check the show website oldeststories.net to find out where you can submit your questions for the special question and answer episode and to learn when special episodes are released. And make sure you are subscribed to this feed right here. I appreciate all the interest that you listeners have had up until now, and I promise I will be returning to the show when my life settles down.

One thought on “Episode 96 – Hittite 22 Fall of the Hittite Empire”

  1. I really like the Hittites but they where so disappointing…
    With others you could say that they fell for unfortunate external circumstances. Yes, they made mistakes that weakened them internally, but with the Hittites it’s like half the time they where trying to destroy themselves, always infighting. So much potential wasted!


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