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Hieroglyphic Luwian


Admission requirements



Hieroglyphic Luwian is the language in which the monumental inscriptions of the Hittite Empire (1650-1180 BC, central-Anatolia) as well as the Neo-Hittite city states ( (1100-700 BC, south-east-Anatolia) are written. It is written in an indigenous hieroglyphic script (which has nothing to do with the Egyptian hieroglyphs).
Linguistically, Hieroglypgic Luwian belongs to the Anatolian branch of the Indo-European language family, and thus is closely cognate with Hittite, and, more remotely, languages like Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, but also English and Dutch.
In this course the writing system as well as the entire grammar of Hieroglyphic Luwian will be treated, with the aim to be able to independently read and understand the Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions in the hieroglyphic script.

Course objectives

At the end of the course the student is able, with the use of the available scholarly aids, to independently read and understand Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions in the hieroglyphic script.


The timetable will be available by June 1st at the website of Linguistics

Mode of instruction

Lecture/seminar (2h per week)

Course Load

26 contact hours
49 hours of preparation for classes
75 hours of preparation for the final paper

Assessment method




Reading list

Reader, electronically available from the teacher:


Students are requested to register for the course and the examination through uSis

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Application for A la Carte
Application for Contractonderwijs

Contact Information

E-mail address Teacher


This course is not a regularly offered course. There may not be another change to follow it any time soon.