Royal Hittite Instructions and Related Administrative Texts

Royal Hittite Instructions and Related Administrative Texts

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Few compositions provide as much insight into the structure of the Hittite state and the nature of Hittite society as the so-called Instructions. While these texts may strike the modern reader as didactic, the Hittites, who categorized them together with state treaties, understood them as a€œcontractsa€ or a€œobligations, a€ consisting of the kinga€™s instructions to officials such as priests and temple personnel, mayors, military officers, border garrison commanders, and palace servants. They detail how and in what spirit the officials are to carry out their duties and what consequences they are to suffer for failure. Also included are several examples of closely related oath impositions and oaths. Collecting for the first time the entire corpus of Hittite Instructions, this accessible volume presents these works in transliteration of the original texts and translation, with clear and readable introductory essays, references to primary and secondary sources, and thorough indices.servant of yours, (Zla#39;rzza#39;hnd once he turns to the seal (of) the gate a€” after which whatever lord of Hattusa221 (23a#39;)or clan chief or whatever (24a#39;T25a#39;)lord at all is present a€” then they shall examine together the seal of the gate, (26a#39;T28a#39;) andanbsp;...

Title:Royal Hittite Instructions and Related Administrative Texts
Author:Jared L. Miller
Publisher:Society of Biblical Lit - 2013-10-17


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