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Pithana (Pythanas)[1] was a Bronze Age king of the Anatolian city of Kussara, and forerunner of the later Hittite dynasty.[2]

Pithana
OccupationKing of Kussara
ChildrenAnitta
Parent(s)unknown

Pithana reigned during the 17th century BC (Short chronology). During his reign he conquered the city of Kanesh,[3] heart of the Assyrian trading colonies network in Anatolia, and core of the Hittite-speaking territories.

He was succeeded by his son, Anitta, who is best known for conquering Hattusa, the future Hittite capital, and memorializing his achievement using the Hittite language.

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  1. ^ Fortson, Benjamin W., IV (2004), Indo-European Language and Culture, Blackwell Publishing, ISBN 1-4051-0316-7
  2. ^ Kuhrt, Amélie (1995). The Ancient Near East, Volume I. London and New York: Routledge. p. 226. ISBN 0-415-16763-9.
  3. ^ Kuhrt, Amélie (1995). The Ancient Near East, Volume I. London and New York: Routledge. p. 226. ISBN 0-415-16763-9.

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Unknown
Last known title holder:
Pamba
Hittite king
ca. 17th century BC
Succeeded by
Anitta