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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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A Young King Proves his Worth: The Reign of Mursili II (c.1321–1295)

A Young King Proves his Worth: The Reign of Mursili II (c.1321–1295)

(p.190) 8 A Young King Proves his Worth: The Reign of Mursili II (c.1321–1295)
The Kingdom of the Hittites


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In spite of the mounting external pressures faced by the kingdom of Hatti at the time of Suppiluliuma's death, the prospects for maintaining control over the territories won or regained during Suppiluliuma's reign appeared reasonably promising. The responsibility for governing the kingdom lay primarily in the hands of the king's three eldest sons, to each of whom Suppiluliuma had allocated specific roles and spheres of authority. Not long after his accession Arnuwanda fell ill, triggering a crisis and putting Hatti in danger due to rapidly escalating enemy action and rebellion. This was the situation confronting Suppiluliuma's youngest son Mursili, when on the death of his brother Arnuwanda, perhaps no more than eighteen months after his accession, the mantle of kingship was suddenly thrust upon him. This chapter chronicles the brief reign of Aruwanda as king of the Hittites, the ascension of Mursili to the throne, and the reign of Mursili II including his military campaigns in the north, the rebellion in Syria, the wars faced by Mursili, and the virulent plague that swept the Hittite land during his reign.

Keywords:   Hittites, Mursili II, military campaigns, Arnuwanda, Syria, plague, rebellion, wars, Hatti

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