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Definition: Warlike people who began in Asia Minor and eventually conquered much of the surrounding region (by about 1750 B.C.). They were very successful at warfare, mainly because they were the first people to use iron weapons. The Hittite capital was Hattusa, a massive city that had tremendous walls. They were also the first people to sign a treaty with another civilization. In 1284 B.C., the Hittite king Hattusili III signed a treaty with King Ramses II of Egypt. Each civilization agreed not to attack the other and to defend the other if attacked by a third civilization.

Related Resources:
The Ancient Middle East
Learn more about the area as a whole.

Map of Hittite Empire

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More on the Hittites
Learn more about the warriors of the area.

The Hittites in Detail
This great page covers the Hittites, their conquests, their accomplishments, and even their religion.

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