Brill’s New Pauly

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A. Tradition

The language, passed down to us in Babylonian cuneiform, of the Hittites who had political leadership in Asia Minor in the 2nd millennium BC (core area appr. the geographical region outlined by Halys/Kızıl İrmak,  Ḫattusa II), which they themselves called Nesumnili- ‘Nesic’, a derivative of the place name Nēsa- (= Old Assyrian Kaneš, near Kayseri; the modern term has its origin in the historical development of the discipline); at the same time the most important representative of the  Anatolian …

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Starke, Frank (Tübingen), “Hittite”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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