When I visited the erstwhile capital of the Hittite empire and nearby sites in September 2001, I was amazed by the rapid pace of advance in Hittite archae-ology. Our guide was Hermann Genz, a passionate advocate of the Hittites. Together, we have participated in various Anatolian Iron Age symposia. His papers and his other publications reinforced my belief that the English-speaking world, especially the students at Anglo-Saxon universities, would benefit from a single volume dedicated to a thematic examination and exposition of the Hittites and their civilisation, written by those directly involved with the subject. Such a volume would bring together up-to-date developments and the latest thoughts of acknowledged experts. In his various review articles on new publications for Ancient West & East, Dirk Paul Mielke has confirmed the need for a work such as this.

HERMANN GENZ