Fred C. Woudhuizen


This work, which offers a comprehensive version of my Selected Luwian Hieroglyphic Texts 1 and also includes the texts treated in the second volume of this series, more than doubles the effort of the aforesaid first volume in presenting as much as 88 of the most well-preserved Luwian hieroglyphic texts, comprising more than 1200 phrases in sum, in transliteration and translation. Like previously, the texts are divided into two categories: those conducted in Late Bronze Age scribal tradition and the ones conducted in Early Iron Age scribal tradition. Similarly, they are once again systematically analyzed as to (pro)nominal inflection and verbal conjugation and indexed according to stems and elements.

In contradistinction to the previous volumes in the series, in this volume the part on the texts is preceded by one on the script, in which differences in the system of transliteration with the common standard as set by “Procida” are made fully transparent. To facilitate the reader any further, in this part on the script the signary is also analyzed as to period of use, so that it can easily be determined whether a sign fea-tures only in texts in Early Iron Age scribal tradition, or already turns up earlier in the ones conducted in Late Bronze Age scribal tradition, or, even before this, during the Middle Bronze Age, when glyptic sources provide our sole class of evidence.

As profoundly argued in one of the sections on the script, I have opted for a moderate version of the so-called “new reading”, which is in conformity with the relevant internal and external evidence. Furthermore, in this same part the origins of the Luwian hieroglyphic script are traced back to a distinct period in time, the Middle Bronze Age, and distinct geographical entity, western Anatolia.

The parts on the script and the texts are supplemented by discussions of certain aspects of Luwian hieroglyphic grammar and language, in which the relation to its closest cognates, cuneiform Luwian, Lycian, and Lydian, as well as its position within the Indo-European language family, feature most prominently.

All in all, this study offers the most exact and comprehensive treatment of the Luwian hieroglyphic language presently available in print.


Innsbruker Beitruage zur Sprachwissenschaft, Band 141.

2011. 467 pp. Ca. € 80,-. ISBN 978-3-85124-727-5.





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