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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 Ill-Fated Reign of the Second-Rank Son: The Reign of Urhi-Teshub (c.1272–1267)

The Ill-Fated Reign of the Second-Rank Son: The Reign of Urhi-Teshub (c.1272–1267)

(p.246) 10 The Ill-Fated Reign of the Second-Rank Son: The Reign of Urhi-Teshub (c.1272–1267)
The Kingdom of the Hittites


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It is thought that shortly after his accession, Muwattalli assigned to his brother Hattusili the responsibility for governing the northern regions of the Hittite kingdom. In the reign of his brother Muwattalli, Hattusili became, next to the king, the most powerful figure in the Land of Hatti, even though illness seems to have dogged him for much of his life. This chapter looks at the reign of Hattusili, his marriage to Puduhepa, the uprising in Hakpis which may have been triggered at least in part by Arma-Tarhunda, the ascension of Urhi-Teshub to the throne as king of the Hittites, his reinstatement of Hattusa as the Hittite royal capital, alarming developments east of the Euphrates during his reign, his overthrow and succession by Hattusili, and the exile of Urhi-Teshub.

Keywords:   Hittites, Hattusili, Urhi-Teshub, Muwattalli, Hatti, Puduhepa, Arma-Tarhunda, Hattusa, Euphrates, exile

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