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Ancient Near Eastern Studies


Introductory Hittite 1

Course identification: 04-AO-HETE1
Class hours per week: 2
ECTS points: 5
Duration: 1 semester
Course offering: winter semester
Level: BA, second or third year; MA

Übung: Introductory Hittite 1

Hittite, which is the oldest attested language of the Indo-European family of languages, was written in Babylonian cuneiform. Thus the Hittite culture forms an established component of the cuneiform culture. The module offers an introduction to the grammar and vocabulary of the Hittite language as well as the cuneiform in which it was written, and reinforces the acquired knowledge with the reading of simple Hittite historical and/or legal texts.

Learning objectives:
The student will possess an overview of the structure of the Hittite language and especially of the criteria necessary for the analysis of forms, as well as the ability to use the most important resources (grammars, dictionaries, bibliographies, text editions). He/she will be able (1) to attach possessive suffixes to nouns and decline these, (2) to analyse and translate verb forms, (3) to analyse conjunctions with enclitica, (4) to construct logical sentences from given lexemes and translate these, (5) to transliterate, analyse and translate Hittite cuneiform texts from the class curriculum.

Written test (90 minutes)