The Purity of Kingship: An Edition of CHT 569and Related Hittite Oracle Inquiries of TuthI?aliya IV / Edition 9004

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Confronted with an illness and other disconcerting signs shortly before his royal inauguration, the Hittite Great King Tuthaliya IV (ca. 1240-1210 B.C.) looks for past affairs of rebellion within the royal family. Members of the ruling dynasty up to three generations back have taken recourse to black magic in their search for power. Their curses are felt to be still effective and have contaminated the institution of Kingship.
The King conducts an extensive series of oracle inquiries in order to find ways to reconcile the (for the most part deceased) family members and to render their curses ineffective. The texts of these inquiries shed light on daily life in the Hittite empire, and, in this case, daily life of the King of the Hittites.
The reconstruction of these oracle inquiries forms the subject of the underlying volume. The author offers not only a full edition of the texts (now first brought together), but also introductory chapters on topics of wider importance such as text constitution, techniques for recording oracles, and the persons involved and historical setting of the composite text.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Van den Hout has prepared an exemplary edition of this material, elucidating its philological difficulties, and drawing from it important historical data for a crucial period of Hittite history…This study will be of great interest to all Hittitilogists and to many ancient historians as well.'
Gary Beckman, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1999.
Wading through the increasing confusion of the past few decades, takes a stand about which fragments do and do not belong to the text of oracle inquiries, and provides an edition of the resulting constituted text. Also examines the historical context in which it came into being and the various methods used by the Hittite chancellery to record oracle inquires. The original six tablets include some 1500 lines of text, of which almost 400 are more or less well preserved. Facing pages present a transliteration of the cuneiform and an English translation. A glossary of Hittite words shows the meaning and grammatical information and cites their appearance in the text. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004109865
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/24/1998
  • Series: Documenta et Monumenta Orientis Antiqui Series, #25
  • Edition number: 9004
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.26 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Theo P.J. van den Hout is Professor of Anatolian Languages and History of the preclassical period at the University of Amsterdam. His books include Der Ulmitešub-Vertrag. Eine prosopographische Untersuchung (Wiesbaden 1995) and, together with H.G. Güterbock, The Hittite Instruction for the Royal Bodyguard (Chicago, 1991).
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Ch. 1 Introduction
1 Introduction 1
2 Status quaestionis 6
3 Criteria for assigning texts to CTH 569 8
4 Comprehensive recordings versus summaries: general remarks 10
5 Comprehensive recordings versus summaries: some examples 15
6 Comprehensive recordings versus summaries within CTH 569 26
7 XVI 32 and the structure of CTH 569 28
8 The colophon, order and number of tablets, and final text constitution 30
9 Findspots 32
10 Ductus and sign forms 33
11 The date of CTH 569 36
12 Texts excluded from CTH 569 37
Ch. 2 Materials for the Historical Background
1 Introduction 41
2 Tawananna 41
3 Danuhepa 44
4 Urhitessub 53
5 Halpaziti 55
6 Armatarhunta 60
7 Sausgatti 64
8 Katapaili 67
9 The other persons 70
Ch. 3 Purpose and Historical Background of CTH 569
1 The Gods of Kingship 73
2 The role of the six individuals 75
3 CTH 569 and related oracle inquiries 79
4 CTH 569 and related inquiries: a historical reconstruction 85
5 Rituals of purification 90
Ch. 4 The inquiries preceding CTH 569
1 Introduction 93
2 KBo XVI 98(+[superscript ?])XLIX 49 (CTH 577) 93
3 The accession oracles 106
4 KBo II 2 (CTH 577) 124
5 Oracles concerning Zawalli-deities 136
Ch. 5 CTH 569: Text and Translation
1 Text constitution: tablets one to four 159
2 The order of fragments in the tablets one to four 162
3 Text constitution: tablets five and six 165
4 Synopsis 168
5 The texts: transliteration and translation 176
Ch. 6 Philological Commentary 219
App XVI 77 and LX 52 241
Glossary 255
Indices: Texts 367
Indices: Topics 370
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