How Disease Affected the History of the Hittite Empire

  • Philip Norrie


In this chapter Dr. Norrie discusses how the twenty-year long Hittite Empire Epidemic of 1322 bce was brought into Hatti by Egyptian prisoners of war who brought with them the bubonic plague, which was in Egypt at the time. This goes against the current theory that thinks that the epidemic was due to smallpox. Dr. Norrie also analyses the Plague Prayers of the Hittite King Mursili II, which describe this epidemic and beg the gods to take the plague away and give it to his enemies.


Royal College Thirteenth Century Royal Family Pulitzer Prize Bubonic Plague 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Norrie
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  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty AffiliateSchool of Public and Community Health Sciences, College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, University of MontanaMissoulaUSA

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