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Anatolian Languages: Hittite and Luwian


Admission requirements



Hittite is the language of the Hittite Empire that ruled over large parts of Anatolia and Syria from 1650-1200 BC. It is attested in some 30,000 pieces of clay tablet excavated in the Hittite capital Hattusa. It is the oldest attested Indo-European language.
Hieroglyphic Luwian is a sister language of Hittite, written in an indigenous hieroglyphic script and attested from ca. 1400-700 BC in Anatolia and North Syria.
In this course the student will learn these two Anatolian languages. Hittite will be taught in Latin transliteration, whereas Hieroglyphic Luwian will be studied in the hieroglyphic script.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, the student will have a basic reading competence in Hittite and Hieroglyphic Luwian, and will be able, with the help of grammar and dictionary, to independently translate basic texts in these two languages.


The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website

Mode of instruction

Students are required to sit in on the weekly seminars of the BA course Hittite. Next to these, the students are expected to study Hieroglyphic Luwian on the basis of self study in combination with three sessions (date and time to be determined together with the students) dedicated to Hieroglyphic Luwian.

Course Load

Time spent on attending seminars on Hittite: 26 hours
Seminars on Hieroglyphic Luwian: 6
Time preparation for Hittite class: 33 hours
Time for self study Hieroglyphic Luwian: 35 hours

Assessment method

Written examination, with two components, one on Hittite and one on Hieroglyphic Luwian, both counting for 50% of the final grade.

Students who fail the exam are allowed to make a resit exam.

Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Some of the contents of the course will be uploaded on Blackboard

Reading list

A reading list will be available on Blackboard


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.

The coordinator of studies is Else van Dijk


For more information, please contact the teacher, Alwin Kloekhorst (