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by Gordopolis
Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: The Hittite Civil War - a clash that broke the Bronze Age?
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Views: 2067

The Hittite Civil War - a clash that broke the Bronze Age?

In the early years of the 13th century BC, the Hittite Empire had known decades of prosperity, military success and expansion... and most importantly of all harmony in the throne room. This last virtue was thanks to a long-standing tenet of Hittite civilization, written by an old king named Telepinu...
by Gordopolis
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Write like a Hittite: home-made Cuneiform A Script
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Views: 9192

Write like a Hittite: home-made Cuneiform A Script

While abroad in Turkey on a research trip, I was lucky enough to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which houses a huge collection of Hittite tablets. I was struck by just how detailed and beautiful these artefacts were. So much so that I decided to try my hand at a very basic piece of Hit...
by Gordopolis
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Yazilikaya - the Written Rock
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Views: 6815

Yazilikaya - the Written Rock

A 2 minute tour of Chamber A at Yazilikaya - the ancient Hittite rock shrine
by Gordopolis
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Hattusa part 4: The Acropolis
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Views: 6245

Hattusa part 4: The Acropolis

Part 4 of my trip to Hattusa - this time up on the city acropolis
by Gordopolis
Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Hattusa part 3: The King's Gate
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Views: 6036

Hattusa part 3: The King's Gate

Part 3 of my trip to Hattusa - a brief look at the 'King's Gate'

by Gordopolis
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Hattusa part 2: The tunnel under the Sphinx Gate
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Views: 5812

Hattusa part 2: The tunnel under the Sphinx Gate



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by Gordopolis
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Hattusa part 1: into the 3,000 year old Hittite capital
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Views: 5874

Hattusa part 1: into the 3,000 year old Hittite capital

The latest stage of my 'Great Hittite Trail' research tour across northern Turkey and Georgia. In this part I venture across the ruins of Hattusa, the ancient Hittite capital. What a place! I'm not sure the video or any of my pics do it justice to be honest - parts of it are nearly vertical! Here's ...
by Gordopolis
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Terror from the north - the Kaskans!
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Views: 5794

Terror from the north - the Kaskans!

Here's a short article I've written about one of the long running rivalries of Bronze Age Anatolia - the Kaskans and the Hittites. Hope you like, thoughts and questions welcome: The Hittite Empire dominated Bronze Age Anatolia for over five centuries. If a neighbouring kingdom attacked, the Hittites...
by Gordopolis
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Who were the Hittites?
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Views: 6056

Re: Who were the Hittites?

Oh, the Hittites have never been forgotten, misplaced maybe, but never forgotten! See pages 36 - 38 of Asterix and the Black Gold for evidence of that! Haha - haven't read that since I was a kid. Will have to revisit :) Seriously though, while the neo-Hittites of the biblical era were never forgott...
by Gordopolis
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Who were the Hittites?
Replies: 2
Views: 6056

Who were the Hittites?

The Hittites: a civilization almost forgotten by history. So who were they?
Find out here! http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblo ... hehittites
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by Gordopolis
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: The Dogs of War
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Views: 20402

The Dogs of War

'Cry "Havoc!", and let slip...'
http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblog/thedogsofwar
A look at the use of Molossian hounds in the Roman army.

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by Gordopolis
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Writing Historical Fiction set in Late Antiquity
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Views: 7141

Writing Historical Fiction set in Late Antiquity

A Q&A re writing historical fiction set in Late Antiquity:

https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/20 ... bloodroad/

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by Gordopolis
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: The Gothic War 376-382 AD
Replies: 2
Views: 6968

Re: The Gothic War 376-382 AD

A third blog on the topic, looking at the challenge of piecing together what happened when the history is fragmented at best: A Gap in History - picking up the pieces after the chronicles of Ammianus Marcellinus https://historytheinterestingbits.com/2018/07/31/guest-post-a-gap-in-history-by-gordon-d...
by Gordopolis
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: The Gothic War 376-382 AD
Replies: 2
Views: 6968

Re: The Gothic War 376-382 AD

And a related article, examining the end of the Gothic War and the 'peace deal' that sowed the seeds of Europe's turbulent future! http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblog/acrimsonpeace http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/_/rsrc/1531992066242/writeblog/acrimsonpeace/CrimsonFields.jpg?height=224&width=400
by Gordopolis
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: The Gothic War 376-382 AD
Replies: 2
Views: 6968

The Gothic War 376-382 AD

A short outline of events after the Goths' entry into the ERE in 376 AD: http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblog/timelineofthegothicwar Some say this struggle was the catalyst for the Western Empire's fall. There is a plausible chain reaction theory to back that up (autonomous Goths living in empir...
by Gordopolis
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: The XI Claudia Legion - heroes of the empire
Replies: 0
Views: 7526

The XI Claudia Legion - heroes of the empire

I set out to write the Legionary series to indulge in Late Antiquity. It's been an incredible journey and I often refer to writing about the people and places of those times as a 'time machine' of sorts. And so I thought it was about time I turned the spotlight on the famous old legion at the heart ...
by Gordopolis
Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: The Ancient Roman City of Adrianople
Replies: 0
Views: 6643

The Ancient Roman City of Adrianople

A final post on my visit to Turkey earlier in the year. This time I explored the ancient Roman city of Adrianople (modern Edirne) - history, pics & thoughts here: http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblog/theancientcityofadrianople http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/_/rsrc/1447929216338/writeblog/theanc...
by Gordopolis
Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: The Late Roman Legionary - Armour or No Armour?
Replies: 0
Views: 6528

The Late Roman Legionary - Armour or No Armour?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTmtG-gWcAEKQqr.jpg Vegetius, the late Roman writer, claims that the late Roman legionary did not wear armour in battle. A striking claim, and a much debated one. Grab a coffee and have a read of my take on it, here: http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblog/thelateromanl...
by Gordopolis
Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Byzantine Constantinople
Replies: 0
Views: 2884

Byzantine Constantinople

Earlier in the year, I spent a pleasant fortnight in Istanbul. My mission: to seek out the Byzantine ruins (and there were many, tucked away in narrow alleys or hidden underground). I visited the palace region, the land walls, the Galata region (the Military museum north of the city is a must) and t...
by Gordopolis
Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Searching for the Battle of Adrianople
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Views: 6363

Searching for the Battle of Adrianople

Back in February I spent a few weeks in northwestern Turkey, exploring the 'Thracian' countryside in search of the lost site of the Battle of Adrianople (378 AD):
http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/writeblo ... adrianople

History, pics and theories - hope you enjoy :)