Questions & Answers - English

Why study “women’s history”?

This is a frequently asked question, and is usually followed with “why do we need international women’s day (March 8th)” and “why don’t we have a “men’s day”? Well the answer is simple. After more than 2000 years of the systematic subordination and oppression of women in patriarchal societies across the globe we need, yes- NEED, to address the imbalance that has seen the lives, experiences and stories of women excluded from the way we understand the world. In a perfect world and in an ideal future, this may not be necessary, but right now there is a long way to go before the dream of true equality is fully recognised.

What is a Dowager Queen?

Dowager Queen is the term used for the widow of a deceased king. In the Hittite period, it was common for the Queen to maintain her title and her duties after the King had died, especially in the case when her son, the next king was too young to fulfill his duties. It seems that queens in the Hittite period did not lose their positions after their husbands died and it is speculated that they would retain the title until their death meaning that the wife of the new king would not become queen until the previous queen had died. Needless to say that this protocol caused some political intrigue and the Dowager Queen was not always safe in her own home .

Who was the most famous Hittite Queen?

It is Puduhepa for the vast amount of documents that survive attesting to her achievements while on the throne and her famous correspondence with Ramses II of Egypt. She is also credited with the maintenance of the palace archives which may be why so many of her documents survive as opposed to the little known queens that came before her.

Where was the Capital of the Hittite Empire?

Hattuşa, Boğazkale. East of Ankara in Central Anatolia.