In the 12th century BC, the Hittite Empire collapsed after constant wars with peoples in the sea or barbaric tribes also of Indo-European origin. Bob Seger 50th Anniversary mug. However, the Hittite civilization was inherited in neo-Hittite countries in Northern Syria and Eastern Anatolie until the 7th century BC. The brilliant Hittite civilization has completely sunk into oblivion, so much so that Hérodote, the Greek historian, made his way to Anatolie in the V century BC without writing a single line about the nation. Hittite. Until the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the new Hittite civilization was unearthed by archaeologists to dissect and illuminate its secrets.