The secret of the Hittites; the discovery of an ancient empire, by C.W. Ceram; Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston.


[1st American ed.].. New York, Knopf, [1956 [1955] .

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Standard Title Enge Schlucht und schwarzer Berg. English
Subjects Hittites.
Description 281 pages illustrations 22 cm
Copyright Date [1956 [1955]
©1955
Notes Translation of Enge Schlucht und schwarzer Berg.
Contents I. The enigma of their existence -- 1. Discovery and wild surmise -- Leander swan from Asia to Europe -- What was known about the Hittites in A.D. 1871 -- What is known today -- Asia Minor: A winter like Northern Germany, a summer like Southern France -- Texier and the ruins of Boghazkoy -- "Sheik Ibrahim" -- The Hamath stones -- Sayce guesses the existence of a Hittite Empire -- 2. The Bible and new research -- Abraham and the Children of Heth -- The Bible as a source book of history -- A farmer's wife throws clay tablets around the Armarna archives -- "Let my brother send me very much gold" -- Humann and Luschan dig at Zinjirli -- Lions beneath the "flower of the lower world" -- "The goal we had sought had been achieved" -- Really? -- 3. WInckler digs in Boghazkoy -- The anti-Semite and his Jewish banker -- Tacht-biti -- Vermin -- Zia Bey, scion of Seldjuk nobility -- The first thirty-four clay tablets -- A royal treaty 3100 years old -- Hattusas, the capital of the Hittites -- Zia Bey's banquet -- Digging up clay tablets as a peasant woman digs potatoes -- Garstang visits Winckler -- Lieutenant Kammergruber and the advancement of science
II. The riddle of the scripts -- 4. On the art of deciphering -- Dead languages -- The classic examples: Grotefend and Champollion -- The dream of scholars: A bilingual -- William Jones learns Sanskrit -- THe discovery of the Indo-European family of languages -- Friedrich Hrozny's preliminary report -- Ninda, Ezza, and Vadar -- The Hittites were Indo-Europeans -- 5. Did the Hittites speak Hittite? -- Questions for Hrozny -- How did Indo-Europeans come to Anatolia? The dangers of etymology -- The grammar of Hittite -- A scholar corrects the mistakes of Hittite scribes -- The eight languages of Boghazkoy, is Chinese an important language in London? -- Who really spoke Hattili? -- "You rise out of the sea" -- Cuneiform and hieroglyphic scripts -- 6. "Nothing can be deciphered out of nothing!" -- Sayce works on the Hittite hieroglyphs for fifty-five years -- King, city, and country -- The importance of the small diagonal line -- The Constantinople coin-collector -- Six signs have been deciphered! -- "The camera doesn't lie" -- Messerschmidt and Jensen -- Fourteen scholars on the same trail -- Nasty quarrels -- The bilingual seal of Boghazkoy -- The first proof
III. The secret of their power -- 7. The kings of Hattusas -- On the writing of history -- Science or fiction? -- Herodotus and Suetonius -- Ranke and Spengler -- The invention of "cultural history" -- The curse of Anittas -- Labarnas founds the empire -- The Testament of Hattusilis -- Mursilis conquers Babylon -- Murder most foul -- The law of Telipinus -- The two hundred missing years -- 8. The science of historical dating -- The importance of chronology -- The basis of historical dating -- Ancient Babylonian king list WB 444 -- Correcting the chronicles -- The first fixed points -- The orbit of Sirius -- The oldest date in world history? -- The tenth royal city after the flood -- The archives of Mari -- Isotope C 14 -- 9. The Battle of Kadesh -- The greatest invention of the second millennium B.C. -- The first manual of horse-training -- Suppiluliumas I. Mursilis's Prayers in time of plague -- Battles, from Troy to Dienbienphu -- The Battle of Kadesh -- Ramses's version -- The peace treaty -- The wedding of the Hittite princess -- Hattusas burns -- 10. City and land -- people and customs -- Zia Bey's Knoak -- Nineteen years later -- Morgen, Herr Hauptman! -- Workers' rebellion -- Bittel finds a thousand new clay tablets -- A Hittite empire -- But was there a Hittite culture?
IV. The mystery of their survival -- 11. The finds on the Black Mountain -- The lion stone -- Bossert finds a Semitic inscription and Hittite hieroglyphs -- Who really discovered Karatepe? -- In the black tents of the nomads -- Citadel, statues, reliefs, and inscriptions -- The mistake -- Nocturnal encounter with Karatepe -- 12. Asitawandas speaks -- Translation of the Phoenician inscription -- King Asitawandas, Lord of Karatepe -- The pronoun 'nk and King Anek -- Doubts about the bilingual -- Steinherr dreams about hieroglyphs -- Another bilingual? -- 13. The future.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)284899
(OCoLC)ocm00284899
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WorldCat Identities Ceram, C. W., 1915-1972.
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