Hittite Cult Inventories

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Citatio: M. Cammarosano (ed.), hethiter.net/: CTH 530.18 (INTR 2020-04-07)

Cult inventory

(CTH 530.18)

Textual tradition



KBo 12.57

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: 44-45.

This fragment is among the cult inventories which explicitly mention king Tudḫaliya (IV). Most interesting is the reference to the “years of Ḫantili,” which, if the reading is correct, reminds of a well-know passage from the so-called Apology of Ḫattušili III, where he credits himself with the reconquering of Nerik (see Cammarosano 2018: 333-34 with literature).

A peculiar feature of this fragment is the slope of the wedge heads (Cammarosano 2015: 154), a feature which is unusual in the corpus of the cult inventories and instead is normal in literary and other “library” tablets. Content and style fit with the classification as cult inventory, but it cannot be ruled out that the fragment belongs to another genre.

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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Editio ultima: 2020-04-07

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