Hittite state and society

Bryce, Trevor R. (2011). Hittite state and society. In Hermann Genz and Dirk Paul Mielke (Ed.), Insights into Hittite history and archaeology (pp. 85-97) Leuven, Belgium: Peeters.

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Author Bryce, Trevor R.
Title of chapter Hittite state and society
Title of book Insights into Hittite history and archaeology
Place of Publication Leuven, Belgium
Publisher Peeters
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Series Colloquia Antiqua
ISBN 9789042921368
Editor Hermann Genz
Dirk Paul Mielke
Volume number 2
Chapter number 4
Start page 85
End page 97
Total pages 13
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The chapter begins with the various roles and responsibilities exercised by the Hittite king. We pass to a discussion of the religious activities of the Hittite world, and the involvement of the highest members of the royal family in these activities. Various aspects of the Hittite legal system and Hittite notions of justice are discussed, as also the importance of the role of the scribe in the kingdom's administrative and diplomatic activities. Effective use of agricultural and pastoral resources was of critical importance to the well being of the kingdom. Attention is given to the management of these resources. More generally, the stability of the kingdom depended on the co-operation of a large number of officials within the Hittite administration, beginning with the king's closest relatives, and extending to provincial governors, and to local vassal rulers who were bound by personal compacts of allegiance to their Hittite overlord.
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