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Hittite Texts and Greek Religion: Contact, Interaction, and Comparison

Ian Rutherford


There has been a lot of interest in recent decades in the question of whether ancient Greek religion was influenced by the religions of the Ancient Near East. This book examines the relationship between Greek religion and the religious system of the Hittites, as we know it from cuneiform texts perserved in the Hittite archives. The question seems worth exploring partly because the Hittite texts are such a rich source for religion, documenting religious practices of many cultures Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age (e.g. the Luwians), and partly because the Hittites are known to have been in contac ... More

Keywords: Greek religion, Hittite, Anatolia, Mycenaean Greece, Late Bronze age, pantheon, sacrifice, war-rituals, Ancient Near East

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199593279
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199593279.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Rutherford, author
Professor Classics, University of Reading