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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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The Struggles for the Royal Succession: From Mursili I to Muwattalli I (c. 1620–1400)

The Struggles for the Royal Succession: From Mursili I to Muwattalli I (c. 1620–1400)

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(p.96) 5 The Struggles for the Royal Succession: From Mursili I to Muwattalli I (c. 1620–1400)
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The Kingdom of the Hittites
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TREVOR BRYCE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281329.003.05

On his death, and in accordance with his wishes, Hattusili was succeeded by his grandson and adopted son Mursili as king of the Hittites. Perhaps intentionally, Mursili may well have been obliged to assert his authority by military force in territories which had already succumbed to his predecessors. Of particular importance was the need to re-establish Hittite control in south-eastern Anatolia, in the region of the later kingdom of Kizzuwadna. This was a crucial preliminary to further Hittite military campaigns in Syria, since through the region passed the main routes from Anatolia into the territories belonging to the kingdom of Yamhad. This chapter chronicles the struggles for the royal succession in the Hittite kingdom from Mursili I and Hantili to Muwattalli I.

Keywords:   Hittites, Mursili I, Anatolia, Syria, Muwattalli I, royal succession, Kizzuwadna, military campaigns, Hantili

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