For several generations the
Hittites and Egyptians remained diplomatic and military rivals. The great
battle of Kadesh was fought between these superpowers around 1300 BC and
was commemorated in Egypt by a great pictorial relief, an epic poem, and
an official written record. Despite the heroics of Rameses II, the battle
apparently was a draw. After several decades of uneasy peace, the two
powers signed a peace treaty and mutual defense pact, perhaps in response
to growing Assyrian power to the east. A copy of the treaty was inscribed
on the walls of an Egyptian temple at Karnak where it can be read today.
Duplicate copies of this treaty on clay and silver tablets were also found
by archaeologists in both countries. The next eighty years were relatively
peaceful and prosperous for the Hittites and much of the Middle East.
During the great catastrophe around 1200 BC, however, the Hittite empire
was suddenly destroyed, leaving only vestiges that were eventually overrun
500 years later by the Assyrians.
The Hittite imperial
boundaries encompassed a diverse geography, including expansive grassy
plains, mountains, sea coast, river valleys, and desert. Their economy was
based mainly on grain and sheep raising, but they also possessed large
deposits of ore. They were adept metal workers and their armies benefited
by possessing superior weapons.
have three major bonuses. They have double stone thrower, catapult, and
heavy catapult hit points. Plus they also have +1 Archery Range unit
attack. and +4 war ship range.
They may lack
the trireme, catapult trireme, and juggernaut, however the extra range of
their ships makes them lethal. Oh and their heavy catapults are like
do lack good ship units.