The Hittites, an ancient Indo-European people who appeared in Anatolia at the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC, had become one of the dominant powers of the Middle East by 1340 BC. Early kings of the Hittite Old Kingdom had extended Hittite control over much of northern Syria eventually raiding down the Eurphrates to Babylon. The struggle with Egypt under Ramses II for control of Syria led to one of greatest battles of the ancient world at Kadesh in 1299 BC. The fall of the Hittite Empire in 1193 BC was sudden - perhaps because of large scale migration - and historical records were scarce. But then the discovery of Hittite cuneiform tablets at their ancient capitol of Hattusa in the 1940s yielded fascinating information about the people, their political organization, social structure, economy and religion. This book unlocks the secrets of this ancient empire.
C.W. Ceram is a pseudonym used by Kurt W. Marek. Marek was born in WWI Berlin and earned his living as a newspaperman, a drama critic and even a publisher before turning his many talents to writing. Gods, Graves, and Scholars was his first and most famous book.