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Seller: ancientgifts (4,183) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122156933742 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see almost 800 archaeology/ancient history books and 500 authentic ancient artifacts on our eBay store! The Secret of the Hittites: The Discovery of an Ancient Empire by C. W. Ceram, Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 279 pages. Publisher: Knopf; (1956). ISBN: 0880295937. "The Secret of the Hittites" returns to the startling panorama of the author's first book, "Gods, Graves, and Scholars", in the continued examination of the most ancient world known to man. Since the publication of C. W. Ceram's famous first work, a new discovery of enormous significance transformed the perception of ancient history. The darkest archaeological riddle of the Orient is on the verge of an ultimate and improbable resolution. And this with dramatic suddenness in the space of a few momentous years. The mysterious ruins discovered in central Turkey in 1834 were perplexing, yet no one was willing to ascribe them to the Hittites, a people given scant acknowledgement in the Bible and dismissed as a minor Syrian tribe. It was not until 1880 that a hero of archaeology advanced the dynamic theory that there had once been a mighty Hittite Empire stretching from the Black Sea to Damascus. By 1910, only archaeologists and historians had begun to gain a faint and fragile knowledge of its lost history. Furthermore, only in the years since 1946 has there been any hope of reading the fantastic Hittite hieroglyphic inscriptions, and only recently has anyone actually done so. Finally, almost twenty centuries after Christ, we know that twenty centuries before Christ the Indo-European Hittites descended into Asia Minor. We may now establish a third great empire beside the Babylon of Hammurabi and the Egypt of Ramses II read the first fragments of a profound unknown literature, of which Mr. Ceram provides stirring excerpts. The truth about Kadesh as one of the few battles that truly shaped world history is now known to us. The first great political treaty, between the Hittites and Egypt, is not a lucid portrait of ancient government in a time many of us did not know existed. Yet even more important than any of these revelations is our hitherto unpossessed ability to crosscheck and synchronize the histories of Babylon and Egypt and thus expand our understanding of pre-Christian history indefinitely. "The Secret of the Hittites" is not simply a book of scientific intrigue covering more than a hundred years of detective work, but a firsthand report detailing the climactic achievements of an almost forgotten civilization. It is a report that has never before been published except in scientific journals and is now presented here with all the vibrancy and accessibility for which the author is known. CONDITION: Virtually unread. The inside of the book and the red cloth cover are "like new", with negligible wear. It appears that the book was never read, though of course it may have been flipped through once or twice, there is absolutely no reading wear whatever. Seeming the original owner put the book away on a bookshelf, never to be taken down and actually read. Inside of the book is pristine; pages clean, unmarked, unblemished, tightly bound, seeming unread; HOWEVER the original owner DID find it necessary to write their name, in ink, neatly, along the top edge of the first free paper in the book. Except for that, the inside of the book is unmarked and unblemished. Dustjacket is in a new mylar cover, beneath which it evidences moderate edge and corner shelfwear including minor chipping at both spine head and heel, and what appears to be a price-sticker removal scar near the upper, open corner of the front side of the dustjacket, as well as perhaps another sticker removal scar near the spine heel (it is NOT ex-library however). The dustjacket is relatively intact and presentable, despite the shelfwear, and the spine of the dustjacket is also light-faded/discolored. However considering the dustjacket is 50 years old, it has held up pretty well, and is NOT in pieces. Red cloth covers are unblemished and absolutely clean. This is a very solid, very clean copy, with only minor reading/shelf wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The Hittites, an ancient Indo-European people who appeared in Anatolia at the beginning of the second millennium BC, had become one of the dominant powers of the Middle East by 1340 B.C. Early kings of the Hittite Old Kingdom had extended Hittite control over much of northern Syria eventually raiding down the Euphrates to Babylon. The struggle with Egypt under Rameses II for control of Syria led to one of the greatest battles of the ancient world at Kadesh in 1299 B.C. The fall of the Hittite Empire in 1193 B.C. was sudden, perhaps because of large scale migration, and historical records were scarce. But then the discovery of Hittite cuneiform tablets at their ancient capital of Hattusa (now Bogazko, Turkey) in the 1940's yielded fascinating information about the people, their political organization, social structure, economy and religion. C.W. Ceram, author of "Gods, Graves and Scholars", tells the dramatic story of the riddle of the scripts, the secret of their power and the mystery of their survival. In so doing he unlocks the secrets of this ancient empire. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: The author of the acclaimed "Gods, Graves, and Scholars" tells the dramatic tale of the Hittites, an Indo-European people who became a dominant power in the Middle East. Their struggle in Egypt with Ramses II for control of Syria led to one of the greatest battles of the ancient world. The fall of the Hittite Empire was sudden, and historical records were scarce, that is until the discovery of cuneiform tablets yielded a rich store of information on which this work is based. Ceram presents a saga richly charged with dramatic twists and with enthralling accounts of scholarly detective work. 142 black and white illustrations. REVIEW: This profusely illustrated book, by the author of, "Gods, Graves and Scholars" chronicles one of the most arresting chapters in modern archaeology. C.W. Ceram is a pseudonym used by Kurt W. Marek. Marek was born in WWI Berlin and earned his living as a newspaperman, a drama critic and even a publisher before turning his many talents to writing. "Gods, Graves, and Scholars" was his first and most famous book. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Rivaling Egypt and Babylon at the zenith of its power, the Hittite Empire was so completely destroyed that only the tiniest pieces of a large mosaic remained, erasing their centuries-long sway over Asia Minor from the memory of man. Ceram's book looks at both the Hittite Empire and its discovery in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Both tales are equally compelling. Among the first Indo-Europeans to appear in history, they established themselves as a warrior aristocracy in Anatolia around the 19th century B.C. Ruling a polygot collection of ancient kingdoms, they 'went native' as regards religion and culture to a great extent. Their decentralized system resembled a confederacy, and their early government featured a limited monarchy, ruling jointly with a proto-Senate (the "Pankus"). Ceram is at his best in unraveling the silence that shrouded them from the time of the Fall of Troy until the 19th century. He shows how the accidental discovery of their capital, Hattusa, by explorers led to debates as to who built it. Next, the cuneiform libraries of their kings yielded another suprise: They spoke an Indo-European language. The work of Friederich Hornzy, an Austrian who deciphered the language as his life's work, is a compelling vignette. The identification of this ancient empire with the Hittites mentioned in the Bible sparked intense controversy, but proved to be true. Proponents took one reference, from II Kings 7:6, in which the kings of the Hittites come before the kings of the Egyptians in precedence, to infer their existence as a great power. Ceram leaves us with other tantalizing questions, such as: were the Attasyrias who raided the western shores of Asia Minor the Atreus whose sons, Agmamenon and Melemeus, sacked Troy? A highly readable, scholarly account of one of archaeology's greatest triumphs, written almost in the style of a mystery novel. REVIEW: C.W. Ceram is one of the great popular writers of archeology dating from the 1940s/50s. His "Gods, Graves, and Scholars" is THE place to start for anyone interested in the history of archeology. This book recounts the amazing discovery of the lost civilization of the Hittites, early Indo-Europeans who lived in Anatolia during the Bronze Age. this book does creates an astounding image of what it took to begin to uncover the mystery shrouding this long sought after Biblical people. If you enjoy the history being made as much as the history being uncovered, I would highly recommend this book. REVIEW: C.W. Ceram's book is dated in places, but still an excellent account of the archeology which unearthed the ancient Hittites - one of the great empires of the near east - and allowed them to speak to us today. This is a story mainly about archeology and those who brought the Hittites alive once more. This book should be understood as such - a blend of history of both Hittites and the scholars who struggled to find them again. Those who wish to read solely about the Hittites can still glean much good information from this book, but as an addition to other works. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." On May-11-13 at 01:34:01 PDT, seller added the following information: Every buyer gets a MyStoreRewards invitation for cash back

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