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p. 544. The Hittite texts: Assuwa, Ahhiyawa, and Alaksandu of Wilusalocked

  • Eric H. Cline


‘The Hittite texts: Assuwa, Ahhiyawa, and Alaksandu of Wilusa’ looks at the Hittite records of wars in the vicinity of Troy. It is likely that what the Hittites called ‘Wilusa’ refers to Troy, and the ‘Ahhiyawa’ represent the Mycenaeans. If this is true, there is a record of Mycenaeans fighting in Anatolia from the 15th century bce. Four possible conflicts occurred between the 15th and 13th centuries, including a revolt of Wilusa against the Hittites and a conflict between the Hittites and the Ahhiyawa. It is uncertain which of these conflicts Homer recorded, or whether the Greek poems telescope years of conflict into a single war.

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