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Title: Hittites and Arzawans: a view from western Anatolia
Authors: Mac Sweeney, Naoíse
First Published: Dec-2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP) on behalf of the British Institute at Ankara
Citation: Anatolian Studies, 2010, 60, pp. 7-24 (18)
Abstract: There has been much recent research in archaeology on the dynamics of imperial systems, and valuable work has been done on the complex relationships between the Hittite state and groups on its imperial periphery. The nature of the available source material means that these relationships are usually studied from a Hittite perspective, and that interactions with the Hittites are often seen as centrally important for these groups. In this paper, however, it is argued that archaeological evidence can be used to gain insight into alternative views – views which may not necessarily privilege relationships with the Hittites over those with other groups. One well-documented example of such a group is Arzawa, a quarrelsome coalition of principalities in western Anatolia. This paper will focus on the western Anatolian site of Beycesultan, caught between the Hittite and Arzawan heartlands. It will show that people at Beycesultan did not define themselves primarily in relation to either the Hittites or the Arzawan confederacy, but had their own dynamic and shifting world-view.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0066154600000995
ISSN: 0066-1546
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The British Institute at Ankara 2010. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website and with the permission of the publisher.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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