Turkey 1000 BCE

The Hittite empire has suffered catastrophe at the hands of barbarian invaders.

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What is happening in Turkey in 1000BCE

The Hittite empire has been destroyed by invaders from Europe, in about 1200 BCE. However, their civilization has been preserved in several small city-states in southern Anatolia. Small and weak though these are, it is probably here that the alphabet was first developed – a major step forward in civilization.

On the west coast, the old cities have disappeared (Troy famously so) in the upheavals of the previous centuries which destroyed the Aegean civilization, and immigrants from the Greek mainland have settled the coasts and islands of the Aegean with their small, tribal communities.

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