The Hittites were an ancient civilisation of Anatolian people centered in Hattusa who established an empire around 1600BCE. The empire reached its height during the mid-14th century BCE under Suppiluliuma I, when it encompassed an area that included most of Anatolia as well as parts of the northern Levant and Upper Mesopotamia. After c. 1180 BCE, during the Bronze Age collapse, the Hittites splintered into several independent “Neo-Hittite” city-states, some of which survived until the 8th century BCE before succumbing to the Neo-Assyrian Empire.
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