The Hittites used several textual traditions, as it is clear from the presence of foreign texts in the Hittite tablet collections, where eight different languages are attested. Some of these traditions are autochthonous from Anatolia itself and may not have been perceived as foreign, whereas the others coming from Mesopotamia. Already since the early days of Hittitology scholars have attempted to identify many different foreign influences in the Hittite texts. While some of their results and identified criteria are still accepted, others have been discarded, or have been modified due to the increasing new materials. Even today, one hundred years after the decipherment of the Hittite language, this issue concerning the possible identification of foreign elements, is still controversial. This workshop aims to highlight again the problem of identifying “otherness” through the analysis of the texts. The first part discusses the process of translation, as manifested by the existence of various bilingual texts. Why are they not a simple word-for-word translation, but the start text differs from its (expected) target text? The deviations give us some clues for the identity of the “translator(s)” behind the respective text. The second part approaches the problem from a different perspective. We want to discuss the presence of different local influences in the Hittite compositions and their transmission to the central tradition of the Hittite state. How can we recognize foreign influences in compositions? Do they relate to a specific local tradition? The answers to these questions can bring us to a better understanding of the dynamics behind the formation of the heterogeneous textual tradition(s) of the Hittites.


09:30 - 09:45
Jörg Klinger
09:45 - 10:30
On the Nature of the Hittite Particle -z(a)- and Its Use in the Hattic-Hittite Bilinguals
Alfredo Rizza
11:00 - 11:45
Translation and Transmission of Hurrian in the Hittite Scribal Tradition
Dennis Robert Mallick Campbell
11:45 - 12:30
Einige Beobachtungen zu den akkadisch-hethitischen Bilinguen
Tomoki Kitazumi
14:00 - 14:45
Der hethitisch-luwische Sprachkontakt
Ivo Hajnal
14:45 - 15:30
Hittite Hymns and Prayers in the Light of Old Babylonian Sources
Christopher Metcalf
09:00 - 09:45
From Ritual Practice to Ritual Texts and Vice Versa. Some Considerations on the Oral-Literate Continuum on the Basis of the Hittite Records
Birgit Christiansen
09:45 - 10:30
Reflections on the Ritual of Alli and Its Ascription to the Arzawa Ritual Tradition
Federico Longo
11:00 - 11:45
The Tablets of the itkalzi Ritual
Stefano de Martino
11:45 - 12:30
Mesopotamians and Mesopotamian Learning at Hattusa, 30 Years On
Gary Beckman
12:30 - 13:00
Final Discussion