Studying Hittite at the University of Chicago

  • Inscriptions of Hattusa

    The Südburg Inscription, a Hieroglyphic Luwian narrative about conquests of Suppiluliuma II (photo courtesy of Thalia Lysen)

The senior editors Theo van den Hout and Petra Goedegebuure, OI faculty member James Osborne, and former dictionary research associate and now lecturer Hripsime Haroutunian are responsible for teaching Hittite language, culture and archaeology at the University of Chicago. You can study Hittite at an elementary or advanced level, but also learn about Hieroglyphic Luwian, Lycian, and other aspects of the cultures of second and first millennium B.C. Anatolia and Northern Syria.

Programs at the University of Chicago

For the undergraduate program, go here and look for example for 

  • Ancient Anatolian Language Courses
  • Ancient Near Eastern History and Society III: Anatolia
  • Archaeology of the Ancient Near East II: Anatolia
  • Ancient Near Eastern Thought and Literature II: Anatolian Literature
  • Ancient Empires I: the Hittite Empire

For the graduate program Hittite and Anatolian Languages, History and Culture, go here.

In 2016 the Summer Language Institute of the University of Chicago offered a summer course in Hittite, Summer Elementary Hittite 2016.

Self study

Theo van den Hout's book The Elements of Hittite, Cambridge University Press, 2012, is not only used by us in the class room, but is also perfectly suited for self study. From the publisher's website

"This textbook offers in ten lessons a comprehensive grammar of the Hittite language with ample exercise material both in transliteration and cuneiform. It contains a separate paradigms section, an index of syntactic and semantic topics treated as well as a list of all cuneiform signs used in the book. A full glossary concludes the textbook. The cuneiform is not necessary and can be left optional if so desired. The introduction gives the necessary cultural and historical background and gives suggestions for further reading. It also explains the principles of the cuneiform writing system. The book can be used both in trimester and semester systems."