Hittite Cult Inventories

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Citatio: M. Cammarosano (ed.), hethiter.net/: CTH 527.60 (INTR 2020-04-15)

Cult inventory

(CTH 527.60)

Textual tradition



KUB 38.35

Basis of the edition

The present edition is based on the photographs available at the Mainzer Photoarchiv of the Hethitologie Portal Mainz, as well as the available hand-copies and relevant secondary literature up to 2019. When the original manuscripts have been collated, this is noted in the commentary.


Previous editions: Hazenbos 2003: 48-51.

This heavily burned-out fragment preserves a historical preamble, a very unusual feature among cult inventories (Cammarosano 2013: 72). There, king Tudḫaliya (IV) recalls how he rebuilt the town of Ḫalinzuwa (=Ḫatenzuwa) and restored its cults, which were ruined at the time of the former kings (obv. i 1-4). The geographical setting of the inventory is therefore in the northern districts (Corti 2017, 228 fn. 103; for Ḫatenzuwa see also Kryszeń 2016: 148-55); this conclusion is corroborated by the mention of a town called Gaški[lušša?], treated in rev. iv 2′ (see commentary).

The last lines of the reverse (iv 7′-12′) are written in bigger size than the rest of the tablet, and the verticals slope to the left. They do not constitute the colophon – which is preserved on the left edge – but rather a summary, listing the cult personnel which has been singled out and the total cult provisions to be supplied. It has therefore be numbered as an autonomous paragraph, although it is not preceded by a ruling. Note in this paragraph the presence of twelve “men of the TUKUL-service,” rev. 9′, cf. rev. 6′. Judging from its extant portion, the colophon (l. e. 1) listed the towns which were “completed” (zinnanteš) on the tablet.

Palaeography and orthography: Note the unusual spelling SUM-u-wa-an in rev. iv 12′.

i 1-4: This passage is treated in CHD P 39.

i 5: Hazenbos 2003: 49 restores at the end of the line “É DIN[GIR-LIM GIBIL-ši DÙ-er]” which, as Miller 2005: 310 observes, is admittedly conjectural. But cf. KUB 38.3+ i 7 and passim, KUB 38.1+ i 3′ and passim.

iv 2: The restoration follows Corti 2017: 228 fn. 103; for the GN Kaškilušša see Otten 1980: 622.

CC BY-SA 4.0 Michele Cammarosano | Produced as part of the research project Critical edition, digital publication, and systematic analysis of the Hittite cult-inventories (CTH 501-530), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) – project number 298302760, 2016–2020.

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