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Officials and Administration in the Hittite World
Bilgin, Tayfun

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2018 pp. xvi + 507. $109.99

Series Information
Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Records, 21

Description: There are few studies that deal with an overall treatment of the Hittite administrative system, and various other works on its offices and officials have tended to be limited in scope, focusing only on certain groups or certain time periods. This book provides a comprehensive investigation of the administrative organization of the Hittite state throughout its history (ca. 1650Ė1180 BCE) with particular emphasis on the state offices and their officials. Bringing together previous works and updating with data recovered in recent years, the study presents a detailed survey of the high offices of the state, a prosopographical study of about 140 high officials, and a theoretical analysis of the Hittite administration in respect to factors such as hierarchy, kinship, and diachronical changes.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Hittite Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Amir Gilan
Published 10/31/2019
Citation: Amir Gilan, review of Tayfun Bilgin, Officials and Administration in the Hittite World, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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