The Role of Women in Politics in Hittite Society

Yıldırım, İdil (2012) The Role of Women in Politics in Hittite Society. Other thesis, TED Ankara College Foundation High School.

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Political rights carry important role in today’s world. However, it is ironical that there are many countries where these rights are underestimated. About 3000 years ago, in Hittite Empire, women who belonged to royal family had political rights and queens could contribute to politics. This situation is an important development in history because it proved that women can participate in politics and share the rulership. In this essay, the role of Hittite Queens in politics in Hittite Empire Era between 1380-1210 B.C. is examined. After the researches, it is seen that queens had an active role in politics. Queens had great authorities in Hittite Empire and they had rights to rule the country when King went to war or had an illness. In the essay, transcriptions from famous archaelogists and Hittitologists are used as primary sources as well as seal prints. To concretize these aspects, Queen Puduhepa example is given and Hittite Queen’s authorities are reflected by using this example. Queen Puduhepa example also reflects rights of women who belonged to royal class in Hittite society since she ruled the country for many years. In addition, considering the fact that history must be examined objectively, comparisons between Hittite Empire and the most powerful empires of that time is made. It has seen that in Mesopotamian and Egyptian Empires queens no political powers during 1380-1210 B.C. Finally, in the essay ,the rights of women is limited to rights of royal women since all the written documents state court life.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Additional Information: Supervisor: Tümay Timuçin Aslan, IB Notu: B
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political rights,Hittite Empire,Hittite Queens in politics
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Depositing User: Kamil Çömlekçi
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2012 10:44
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 09:56

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