Dr. Michele Cammarosano, Würzburg;
Dr. Elena Devecchi, Torino;
Dr. Charles W. Steitler, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz;
Dr. Lisa Wilhelmi, Freie Universität Berlin.
The so-called “Political Testament” of king Ḫattušili I represents the most important charter document of the Hittite state (ca. 1700-1200 B.C.); it can also be counted among the most fascinating cuneiform texts of ancient Near East. However, following the editio princeps more than 80 years ago, this bilingual HittiteAkkadian text was never again the object of a new critical edition. This project is aimed at a cooperative re-analysis of the “Testament” within the framework of an innovative but proven close reading concept – the “CuneiForum”. An interdisciplinary approach promises to illuminate individual text passages from different perspectives. The joint preparation of the text as a whole and the intensive dialogue concerning its interpretative possibilities promise new insights and progress in the understanding of this difficult but extremely important document from the formative period of the Hittite state.
The subject of the close reading was the so-called Testament of Hattušili I, a bilingual text of fundamental importance for the study of Hittite civilization. The intense work of collaboration and discussion, which benefited from careful philological preparation and a digital 3D model of the cuneiform tablet, laid the foundations for a new critical edition of the document. The positive cooperative atmosphere of the meeting promoted the establishment of new contacts as well as future cooperations among the participating scholars.