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Iron Age Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions

Iron Age Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions

Annick Payne
Edited by H. Craig Melchert
  • Book Info
    Iron Age Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions
    Book Description:

    Hieroglyphic Luwian belongs to the Anatolian group of ancient languages and was inscribed primarily on stone, using an indigenous Anatolian pictorial writing system. These Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions were written over a period of centuries in the region of Anatolia and northern Syria. Their authors were primarily the rulers of the so-called Neo-Hittite states, contemporaries and neighbors of early Israel. This volume collects some of the most important and representative of the inscriptions in transliteration and translation, organized by genre. Each text is accompanied by relevant information on provenance, dating, and other points of interest that will engage specialist and nonspecialist alike.

    eISBN: 978-1-58983-658-7
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

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  1. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  2. List of Abbreviations
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Series Editor’s Foreword
    (pp. ix-x)
    Theodore J. Lewis

    Writings from the Ancient World is designed to provide up-to-date, readable English translations of writings recovered from the ancient Near East.

    The series is intended to serve the interests of general readers, students, and educators who wish to explore the ancient Near Eastern roots of Western civilization or to compare these earliest written expressions of human thought and activity with writings from other parts of the world. It should also be useful to scholars in the humanities or social sciences who need clear, reliable translations of ancient Near Eastern materials for comparative purposes. Specialists in particular areas of the ancient...

  4. Acknowledgements
    (pp. xi-xi)
  5. Locations of Hieroglyphic Inscriptions
    (pp. xii-xii)
  6. 1. Introduction
    (pp. 1-16)

    In 1812, the first hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions came to the notice of a modern-day traveller and orientalist, the Swiss Johann Ludwig Burckhardt—more than two and a half thousand years after they were executed. Burckhardt, travelling through Syria, recorded the following brief note about an inscribed stone he discovered in the city of Hama, biblical Hamath: “but in the corner of a house in the Bazar is a stone with a number of small figures and signs, which appears to be a kind of hieroglyphical writing, though it does not resemble that of Egypt.”¹

    This description did not generate much...

  7. 2. Texts
    (pp. 17-118)

    This chapter offers a selection of Iron Age inscriptions in translation, according to genre. Bronze Age texts are excluded because they are considerably more complicated, which would necessitate a much higher degree of explanation and speculation. I have arranged the texts in groups: Bilinguals, Funerary and Commemorative Inscriptions, Building Inscriptions, Dedicatory Inscriptions, and Miscellanea.¹ Each group is introduced with a few general remarks, and each text is preceded by relevant information on provenance, dating, and other points of interest.

    The transliterations of the texts follow their standard editions but have been brought up-to-date. Please note that as our understanding of...

  8. Text Publications
    (pp. 119-120)
  9. Bibliography
    (pp. 121-124)