Religious Discourse in the Ancient Near East

This conference will bring together specialists in Luwian and experts in the adjacent languages and cultures and comparative religion. Using the Luwili team’s preliminary translations of Luwian religious texts as their logical starting points whenever relevant, the conference participants will explore the modalities of religious language among various subgroups of Hittite-Luwian compositions and other languages of the area. A particular emphasis will be placed on the exchange of opinions among the team members on how their findings contribute to deciphering of Luwian incantations and the improved understanding of the ritual practices they allude to.




15:30-16:00 Welcoming
16:00-16:10 Introduction by Alice Mouton and Ilya Yakubovich

Chairman: Ian Rutherford
16:10-16:30 Elisabeth Rieken: “Verbal Art in Luwian and Hittite Incantations
16:30-16:40 Discussion

16:40-17:00 Sylvia Hutter-Braunsar: “The Cult of Istanuwa and Lallupiya between Hattic and Aegean Cultures
17:00-17:10 Discussion

17:10-17:30 Susanne Görke: “Hurrian and Luwian Elements in the Kizzuwatna Ritual Texts
17:30-17:40 Discussion
Dinner for the speakers


Chairman: Elisabeth Rieken
9:00-9:20 Laura Puértolas Rubio: “Luwian Curses as Religious Discourse
9:20-9:30 Discussion

9:30-9:50 Alice Mouton and Ilya Yakubovich: “Where did one speak luwili?
9:50-10:00 Discussion

10:00-10:20 Annick Payne: “Hieroglyphic Inscriptions as Markers of Sacred Space
10:20-10:30 Discussion

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

Chairman: Françoise Briquel Chatonnet
10:45-11:05 Carole Roche-Hawley and Robert Hawley: “Some cross-linguistic formulaic parallels in religious and monumental texts from the Eastern Mediterranean, 13th-9th centuries BC
11:05-11:15 Discussion

11:15-11:35 Maria Grazia Masetti-Rouault: “Taking away Evil: animals, men and gods in the Akkadian rituals
11:35-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:05 Claus Ambos: “Ritual, Magic, Efficacy, Failure. Some Thoughts on Ritual Discourse in Ancient Mesopotamia
12:05-12:15 Discussion

12:15-14:00 Lunch

Chairman: Maria Grazia Masetti-Rouault
14:00-14:20 Françoise Briquel Chatonnet: “Religious Discourse in Phoenician and Aramaic
14:20-14:30 Discussion

14:30-14:50 Ian Rutherford: “From tarpanalli to therapon
14:50-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:10 Conclusion