(mih tan' ni) Major kingdom between 1500 and 1300 B.C., located in what is now the northern parts of Turkey and Iran. Mitanni rivaled Egypt in its developed culture and control of the Ancient Near East during this period. The people had many advanced technologies, including horse-drawn chariots. They also had fairly sophisticated laws for that day. Mitanni maintained considerable influence over Palestine for several centuries, affecting in particular the Jebusite culture of Jerusalem. See Chariots; Egypt; Jebusites; Jerusalem.
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