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The Written Legacy of Hittite Anatolia


Admission requirements

Knowledge of the Hittite language [Hittite I]. (Knowledge of cuneiform recommended, but not compulsory)


This course aims to deepen the knowledge of the Hittite language and the cultural history of Anatolia. A selection of Hittite texts of various genres will be read (partly in Hittite, partly in translation), including historical, religious, literary and juridical documents. In class, the linguistic and grammatical aspects of the texts will be discussed, as well as their social-historical context. Students will read source texts and articles in preparation for each class and give one presentation about a topic of his or her choosing at the end of the course.
Students are expected to attend the weekly seminars of the BA course ‘Hittitische teksten (Hittite texts)’.

Course objectives


  • will deepen their knowledge of the Hittite Language;

  • will gain insight into the culture, religion and political history of Anatolia during the Hittite Empire (1650-1180 BCE);

  • will become familiar with recent discussions and literature in the field of Hittitology;

  • learn to assess and contextualize the available source material and become familiar with the methodological problems involved in their interpretation.


The timetable is available on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar.

Course Load

Total course load 10 ec x 28 hours= 280 hours:

  • 26 hours attending seminars;

  • 125 hours of preparing and reading literature for class;

  • 129 hours for presentation and writing paper.

Assessment method

The final grade of this course consists of the following elements:

  • oral presentation & class participaition (30%);

  • term paper (70%).


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


If the overall mark is unsatisfactory, only the paper may be re-written.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • course material, communication.

Reading list:

A reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Exchange and Study Abroad students: please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs
Studeren à la carte not applicable for this course.




Mw. Dr. W.J.I. (Willemijn) Waal