The Nature of Geographical Knowledge in Hittite Anatolia in the 18th to 12th Centuries BCE in the Light of Cuneiform Sources
The talk will discuss a new, three-year project that is about to start at the University of Warsaw. It's aim is to investigate selected aspects of the –broadly speaking – Hittite perception of the world on the basis of the original Hittite cuneiform texts. It is organized into five subsequent partial (sub)investigations:
- Understanding Hittite space and place. Distribution and function of Hittite geographical determinatives.
- The structure and function of borders and border descriptions.
- Itineraries and the problem of distance.
- Geographical horizon and the role of space and territorial expansion in the royal ideology.
- Geography in Hittite epic and myth.
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