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Advanced Hittite


Admission requirements

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


The topic for this year is: ‘The written legacy of Hittite Anatolia’.

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 texts. In class, the linguistic and grammatical aspects of the texts will be discussed, as well as their social historical context and implications. 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.

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


Please consult the timetable on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load of 280 hours (10 ec):

  • 26 contact hours

  • 125 hours of preparing and reading literature for class

  • 129 hours for presentation and writing paper

Assessment method Assessment and grading method (in percentages):.

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

  • an oral presentation (30%)

  • a term paper (70%)

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average


Blackboard will be used for reading materials etc.

Reading list

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


Registration Contractonderwijs via


Willemijn Waal