During the 13th century BC، three empires were shaping the fates of the Ancient Middle East; the Hittites in the North، Egyptians in the South and the Assyrians in the East. The wars between Hatti and Egypt in the northern Levant settled down after twenty years of hostilities and ended up with the first written and documented peace treaty in ancient history، between the two empires.
Queen Puduhepa، the wife of Great King Hattusili III of Hatti masterminded the negotiations which eventually lead to its endorsement in the year 1259 BC. To reinforce that treaty and maintain peace in the whole region، she managed to engage her daughter to be married to the Great Pharaoh of Egypt، Ramses II and her Son، the Crown prince to the Sister of the king of Babylon. After the passing of her husband، the Great king Hattusili III، her son Tudhaliya IV took to the thrown and she was nominated as the Goddess Queen of Hatti as Queen mother and High priest to the Ishtar temple.
Her influence in government and religion made her the strongest women in the empire. Tension with the Assyrians ended thirty years of calm as a consequence of the treaty with Egypt by the pursuit of Assur for expansion into the Hittite vassal lands. That led to a confrontation between King Tudhaliya of Hatti and the young king of Assur، Tukalti Ninurta which culminated into a major battle at Nihriya in the upper Euphrates valley which ended with the defeat of the Hittite armies and paved the way for the demise of their empire some fifty years later.
About the Author
Ayad A. Chalaby born Feb.12.1942. He had his first degree in Engineering in Munich-Germany and my PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University-England. Besides his profession in Engineering، he wrote continuously prose and poems as a hobby from his young age. His love for classical music and ancient history allowed him to obtain valuable background for his subsequent writing and research. Now he is retired and full time writer mainly in Romance، crime and science fiction. His last novel deals with mainly non-fictional ancient history with dramatic undertone.
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Independently published (March 5، 2017)