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The Kingdom of the Hittites$
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Trevor Bryce

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281329.001.0001

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Anatolia in the Assyrian Colony Period

Anatolia in the Assyrian Colony Period

(p.21) 2 Anatolia in the Assyrian Colony Period
The Kingdom of the Hittites


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Early in the second millennium, the Assyrians established a number of merchant colonies in Anatolia. In archaeological terminology, the period of the Assyrian colonies, covering the first two centuries or so of the second millennium, is commonly known as the Middle Bronze Age. During this period, the Assyrians were very active in international trading and commercial ventures. The focal point of the merchant operations was the city of Nesa or Kanesh. This chapter looks at the kingdoms of Central Anatolia in the colony period, the incentives for Assyrian merchants to do business in Anatolia, the organization of these merchant enterprises, transport and selling of merchandise, how merchants avoided taxes, and political developments in Anatolia in the colony period.

Keywords:   colony period, Assyrians, colonies, Middle Bronze Age, trading, merchants, taxes, political developments, Central Anatolia

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