By John David Hawkins
This is often an variation of the Hieroglyphic inscriptions of the past due Hittite states of Turkey and Syria. those inscriptions, surviving mostly on stone, comprise monuments of kings to their reigns and works in addition to the humbler memorials of subordinates. a number of valuable survivals of records within the type of lead strips supply us a distinct kind of record: letters and financial texts. contemporary discoveries have better the decipherment and realizing of those inscriptions to some degree the place new and finished translations might be provided, and the presentation of this in English will cause them to on hand for the 1st time to the broad viewers of the English-speaking international. whilst we're able to current extra trustworthy texts than these that have seemed in variants hitherto considered as usual.
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Additional info for Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Volume I: Inscriptions of the Iron Age
Critical Edition, with Introductions, Translations and Commentary (Jerusalem, 1994). TdH Texte der Hethiter. Tel Aviv Tel Aviv. Journal of the Tel Aviv University, Institute of Archaeology. Thompson, Report R. Campbell Thompson, Report on the ExcavationatCarchemishApril20—July4 1911 (unpublished notebook in British Museum). ThureauDangin, VIII campagne te Sargon F. Thureau-Dangin, Une relation de la huitième campagne de Sargon (714 av. ) (Musée de Louvre — départaient des antiquités orientales, tome III; Paris, 1912).
G. GIVING HAND = "give", Luw. pija-, syllabic pi\ OX = "ox", Luw. uwa(wi)-, syllabic u\ TONGUE = "tongue", Luw. lala-, syllabic la. The comparatively small number of syllabograms in the regular syllabary, the origin of which can be identified in this way, does however suggest that other formative devices may also have been at work. In particular it is uncertain to what extent acrophonic formation was used, i. e. the isolation of the first syllable of a polysyllabic word to form a syllabogram. The few clearly established examples permit the speculative identification of many others.
The ALTINTEPE pithos inscriptions) A. General 1. Background and Terminology The inscriptions which are the subject of this book are written in a script termed Hieroglyphic. This designation, taken from that of the Hieroglyphic script proper — Egyptian — is a convenient way of characterizing other such scripts which are pictorial (pictographic) in appearance. Early on in its rediscovery, the script was correctly linked with the Hittites,1 and the designation "Hittite Hieroglyphs" (or "Hieroglyphic") remains a perfecdy valid term of reference.
Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Volume I: Inscriptions of the Iron Age by John David Hawkins