AS 26. Perspectives on Hittite Civilization: Selected Writings of Hans G. Güterbock. H. A. Hoffner, Jr., ed., and I. L. Diamond, assist. ed.

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The thirty-three articles in this collection (originally published between 1948 and 1992) were chosen from the corpus of bibliographical items authored by Hans Gustav Güterbock over a span of more than sixty years. They give a rich and varied picture of ancient Hittite culture by one who literally grew up with the new discipline and experienced firsthand its most dramatic discoveries.

Both the choice of articles and their sequence in this volume were selected by Professor Güterbock. Articles deal with almost every conceivable aspect of ancient Hittite culture: history, literature, divination, mythology/theology, religious ceremonies, architecture, ethnic diversity, law, diplomacy, social structure, and administration. This diversity demonstrates Güterbock’s proficiency in all areas of Hittitological research.

One could not ask for a more competent guide to Hittite studies than Hans Gustav Güterbock. With this volume of collected essays we hope to make the fruits of his long life of research and publication available to a new generation of readers. [From the Preface, p. xi, by H. A. Hoffner]

Selected Writings:
“Hans Ehelolf and the Bog˘azköy Archive in Berlin.” Translated from Das Altertum 33 (1987): 114-20
“A View of Hittite Literature.” Reprinted from the Journal of the American Oriental Society 84 (1964): 107–15
“Hethitische Literatur.” Reprinted from Neues Handbuch der Literaturwissenschaft, Band 1, W. Röllig, ed. (Wiesbaden: Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft Athenaion, 1978), pp. 211–53
“The Hittite Version of the Hurrian Kumarbi Myths: Oriental Forerunners of Hesiod.” Reprinted from the American Journal of Archaeology 52 (1948): 123-34
“Hittite Mythology.” Reprinted from Mythologies of the Ancient World, S. N. Kramer, ed. (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1961), pp. 139–79
“Gedanken über das Wesen des Gottes Telipinu.” Reprinted from Festschrift Johannes Friedrich zum 65. Geburtstag am 27. August 1958 gewidmet, R. von Kienle, A. Moortgat, H. Otten, E. von Schuler, and W. Zaumseil, eds. (Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag, 1959), pp. 207–11
“A Hurro-Hittite Hymn to Ishtar.” Reprinted from the Journal of the American Oriental Society 103 (1983): 155–64
“The Hittite Palace.” Reprinted from Le palais et la royauté (XIXe Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, 1971), P. Garelli, ed. (Paris: Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner, 1974), pp. 305–14
“The Hittite Temple According to Written Sources.” Reprinted from Le temple et le cult, E. Van Donzel, ed. (Leiden: Nederlands Historisch Archeologisch Instituut te Istanbul, 1975), pp. 125–32
“Some Aspects of Hittite Festivals.” Reprinted from Actes de la XVIIe Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (1969), André Finet, ed. (Brussels: Comité Belge de Recherches en Mésopotamie, 1970), pp. 175–80
“An Outline of the Hittite AN.TAH.SUM Festival.” Reprinted from the Journal of Near Eastern Studies 19 (1960): 80–89
“Religion und Kultus der Hethiter.” Reprinted from Neuere Hethiterforschung, G. Walser, ed. (Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1964), pp. 54–73
“An Initiation Rite for a Hittite Prince.” Reprinted from the American Oriental Society, Middle West Branch, Semi-Centennial Volume: A Collection of Original Essays, D. Sinor, ed. (Asian Studies Research Institute, Oriental Series 3; Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1969), pp. 99–103
“Hethitische Götterbilder und Kultobjekte.” Reprinted from Beiträge zur Altertumskunde Kleinasiens: Festschrift für Kurt Bittel, R. M. Boehmer and H. Hauptmann, eds. (Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern, 1983), pp. 203–17
“Seals and Sealing in Hittite Lands.” Reprinted from From Athens to Gordion: The Papers of a Memorial Symposium for Rodney S. Young, Keith DeVries, ed. (Philadelphia: University Museum, 1980), pp. 51–63
“Hittite kursa ‘Hunting Bag.’” Reprinted from Essays in Ancient Civilization Presented to Helene J. Kantor, A. Leonard, Jr., and B. B. Williams, eds. (Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, no. 47; Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 1989), pp. 113–19
“Ivory in Hittite Texts.” Reprinted from Anadolu/Anatolia, Journal of the Institute for Research in Near Eastern and Mediterranean Civilizations of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Ankara 15 (1971): 1–7
“Oil Plants in Hittite Anatolia.” Reprinted from the Journal of the American Oriental Society 88 (1968): 66–71
“Hittite Liver Models.” Reprinted from Language, Literature, and History: Philological and Historical Studies Presented to Erica Reiner, F. Rochberg-Halton, ed. (New Haven: American Oriental Society, 1987), pp. 147–53
“Bilingual Moon Omens From Bo©azköy.” Reprinted from A Scientific Humanist: Studies in Memory of Abraham Sachs, E. Leichty, M. deJ. Ellis, and P. Gerardi, eds. (Philadelphia: University Museum, 1988), pp. 161–74
“Hittite Historiography: A Survey.” Reprinted from History, Historiography and Interpretation: Studies in Biblical and Cuneiform Literatures, H. Tadmor and M. Weinfeld, eds. (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, Hebrew University, 1983), pp. 21–35
“The Hurrian Element in the Hittite Empire.” Reprinted from Cahiers d’Histoire Mondiale 2 (1954): 383–94
“Kanes and Nesa: Two Forms of One Anatolian Place Name?” Reprinted from Eretz Israel 5 (1958): 46*–50*
“The Hittite Conquest of Cyprus Reconsidered.” Reprinted from the Journal of Near Eastern Studies 26 (1967): 73–81
“The Hittites and the Aegean World: Part 1. The Ahhiyawa Problem Reconsidered.” Reprinted from the American Journal of Archaeology 87 (1983): 133–38
“Hittites and Akhaeans: A New Look.” Reprinted from the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 128 (1984): 114–22
“Wer war Tawagalawa?” Reprinted from Orientalia, Nova Series, 59 (1990): 157–65
“A New Look at One Ahhiyawa Text.” Reprinted from Hittite and Other Anatolian and Near Eastern Studies in Honour of Sedat Alp, H. Otten, E. Akurgal, H. Ertem, and A. Süel, eds. (Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu Bas1mevi, 1992), pp. 235–43
“Troy in Hittite Texts? Wilusa, Ahhiyawa, and Hittite History.” Reprinted from Troy and the Trojan War. A Symposium Held at Bryn Mawr College, October 1984, M. Mellink, ed. (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania: Bryn Mawr College, 1986), pp. 33–44
“Authority and Law in the Hittite Kingdom.” Reprinted from the Journal of the American Oriental Society, Supplement 17 (1954): 16–24
“Review of J. Friedrich, Die hethitischen Gesetze.” Reprinted from the Journal of Cuneiform Studies 15 (1961): 62–78
“Further Notes on the Hittite Laws.” Reprinted from the Journal of Cuneiform Studies 16 (1962): 17–23
“Bemerkungen zu den Ausdrücken ellum, wardum und asirum in hethitischen Texten.” Reprinted from Gesellschaftsklassen im Alten Zweistromland und in den angrenzenden Gebieten (XVIII. Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale), D. O. Edzard, ed. (Munich: Verlag der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1972), pp. 93–97
  • Assyriological Studies 26
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 1997
  • ISBN: 978-1-88-592304-2 
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