Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 27(2): 331-355

Vladimir SAZONOV, Joanna TÖYRÄÄNVUORI
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ABSTRACT

In this article, the authors examine the divine support and religious justification of wars by Anatolian and
North Syrian rulers in the Late Bronze Age, an epoch of international diplomacy. Notable is that many wars and
conflicts in the region of Anatolia and North Syria took place in this period, which may have occasioned an increasing
need to justify them by appeal to divinities.

 

KEYWORDS

gods in war, justification of war, divine support, Anatolia, North Syria, Hittites, Ugarit, Alalakh.

 

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