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The secret of the Hittites; the discovery of an ancient empire,

Author: C W Ceram
Publisher: New York, Knopf, 1956 [©1955]
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Ceram, C.W., 1915-1972.
Secret of the Hittites.
New York, Knopf, 1956 [©1955]
(OCoLC)583405307
Online version:
Ceram, C.W., 1915-1972.
Secret of the Hittites.
New York, Knopf, 1956 [©1955]
(OCoLC)609353463
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C W Ceram
OCLC Number: 284899
Notes: Translation of Enge Schlucht und schwarzer Berg.
Description: 281 pages illustrations 22 cm
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.
Other Titles: Enge Schlucht und schwarzer Berg.
Responsibility: by C.W. Ceram; Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston.

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