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Cult, Temple, Sacred Spaces. Cult Practices and Cult Spaces in Hittite Anatolia and Neighbouring Cultures - 03-04-05/06/2019, Mainz (Germany)





The symposium aims to discuss recent developments regarding the interpretation of philological and archaeological sources from Anatolia and adjacent areas in the second millennium BCE. It focuses on questions concerning the archaeology of temples and other sacred places, differences of sacred spaces according to written sources, the organization of festivals with a focus on spatial aspects, participation in festivals, and possibilities of interpretation thanks to insights into the cult practices of areas like Northern Syria, the Levant, Mesopotamia or Egypt.


FECHA /DATE/DATA: 03-04-05/06/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature (Mainz, Germany)


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Mo 3 June 2019
14.00–14.15 h Welcome
14.15–15.00 h Joachim Friedrich Quack: Festrituale im Alten Ägypten:
ein Überblick mit dem Versuch einer Systematik
15.00–15.45 h Herbert Niehr: Die Ritualtexte aus Ugarit
15.45–16.15 h Coffee break
16.15–17.00 h Claus Ambos: Babylonian Temple Rituals of the 1st Millennium BC
17.00–17.45 h Nils P. Heeßel: The King in Ritual Action: The Assyrian
Royal Temple Rituals
17.45–18.15 h Coffee break
18.15–19.15 h Evening keynote lecture: Gary M. Beckman: ›He has made
the Labarna, the King, his administrator‹: The Role of the Hittite
Monarch in Festival Performance
19.15 h Reception

 Tue 4 June 2019
  9.15–10.00 h Andreas Schachner: Der Große Tempel von Hattuša: der
hethitische Tempel par excellence?
10.00–10.30 h Matthew Susnow: House of the Deity: A Perspective from
the Bronze Age Southern Levant
10.30–11.00 h Coffee break
11.00–11.30 h Meltem Doğan-Alparslan: The Hittite hišuwa- Festival and
Its Terminology
11.30–12.00 h Thalia Lysen: A Performative Approach to the Celebration
of Hittite Festivals
12.00–12.30 h Mark Weeden and Kimiyoshi Matsumura: Mass Participation
in Ritual Activity in Second Millennium BC Anatolia
12.30–14.00 h Lunch break
14.00–14.30 h İlgi Gerçek: River Deities and River Rituals in Hittite Anatolia
14.30–15.00 h Adam Kryszeń: In the Footsteps of the Hittites:
Topography and Movement in Hittite Festivals
15.00–15.30 h Yoram Cohen: Hittite Cult in Syria: Religious
Imperialism or Religious Pluralism?
15.30–16.00 h Coffee break
16.00–16.45 h Andreas Müller-Karpe: Kultpersonal und Kulthandlungen in
hethitischen Palästen
16.45–17.30 h Rainer M. Czichon: Nerik and Its ›Deep Spring‹

Wed 5 June 2019
   9.00–9.30 h Carlo Corti: The Bread of the King: Agricultural
Landscape of the Hittite Festival
  9.30–10.00 h Francesco Barsacchi: ›The King goes up to the Roof‹:
Hittite Nocturnal Rites Performed During the New Moon
10.00–10.30 h Charles W. Steitler: Offerings to the ›loci numinosi‹:
Distinctive Features of Sacred Spaces and Cult Practices
10.30–11.00 h Coffee break
11.00–11.30 h Piotr Taracha: Remarks on Old Hittite Local Cults: A
Spring Festival Celebrated by the Crown Prince in Hanhana and Vicinity
(CTH 668)
11.30–12.00 h Susanne Görke: Hatti, Pala und Luwiya: Zu den
Kulttraditionen der palaischen Texte aus Hattuša
12.00–12.30 h Conclusion of the conference


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