Summer Schools - "Ancient Languages of Anatolia", 24 July – 18 August 2017, Turkey

Publish Date: Mar 21, 2017

Deadline: Apr 01, 2017

Event Dates: from Jul 24, 2017 12:00 to Aug 18, 2017 12:00

Ancient Languages of Anatolia

Koç University invites you to take part in an intensive summer program to take place at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) in Istanbul. Ancient Languages of Anatolia offers a comprehensive introduction to the Hittite and Akkadian languages, and the cuneiform script in which they were recorded.

About the Program

The earliest historical documents from Anatolia were recorded on clay in a dialect of Akkadian known as Old Assyrian, by Assyrian merchants trading in Anatolia in the Middle Bronze Age (c. 2000-1750 BCE). The archives of the Hittite Empire preserve documents in Hittite and Akkadian that date to the Late Bronze Age (c.17th-12th centuries BCE). In the subsequent Iron Age, the Assyrian Empire expanded into Anatolia and left records shedding light on Anatolian history.  
The program aims to develop the skills necessary to explore these earliest historical records of Anatolia. The aim is to equip the students with: 
• basic knowledge of the Hittite and Akkadian languages
• a basic knowledge of the cuneiform script
• the ability to follow scholarly editions of cuneiform texts using primary Assyriological and Hittitological resources

Date: July 24–August 18, 2017


• The program will offer Hittite and Akkadian language classes at an introductory level. No prior knowledge of Hittite or Akkadian is necessary.
• The program will be open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students—the latter will be accepted upon approval by the instructors.
• Classes will be conducted four days a week (Monday–Thursday).
• Fridays and weekends will be reserved for homework, workshops, and research.


The program will feature two intensive workshops:
•  Introduction to Luwian
In this three-day intensive workshop, students will learn the basics of Luwian grammar and epigraphy.
•  Cuneiform Epigraphy
In this one-week intensive workshop on cuneiform epigraphy students will learn how to prepare autographs (hand drawings) and digital drawings of cuneiform tablets. The workshop will take place at the Cuneiform Tablet Archives of the Istanbul Archaeology Museums, where students will have the opportunity to work on original clay tablets.
• The program will also feature guest lectures by prominent scholars in the fields of Hittitology and Assyriology.


• All course materials will be provided electronically. Dictionaries will be available at ANAMED’s study hall reserved for participants.

Certificates and transcripts

• ANAMED issues certificates to all students who successfully complete the program. If you need an officially issued transcript, please be in touch in a timely manner with the coordinators.


• Participants will stay at the ANAMED building, in Beyoğlu.
• Lunch will be included 4 days a week.


• Airfare and visa arrangements and expenses are each participant’s own responsibility.


• $ 3000/ € 2750


The program will be open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students—the latter will be accepted upon approval by the instructors. No prior knowledge of Hittite or Akkadian is necessary.


We will offer a limited number of scholarships based on need and merit. Please indicate your wish to be considered for a scholarship and make sure to submit the related form
The scholarships can be categorized as;
1. Full Scholarships (Candidates will only be required to pay for airfare and personal expenses)

2. Half Scholarships (Candidates will be asked to pay half of the total tuition. They will also be asked to pay for airfare and personal expenses)

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