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Éléments de Bibliographie Hittite

Paris: Librairie Paul Geuthner, 1922. First edition. Softcover. Quarto. VII, [1], 137, [3]pp. Uncut and unopened copy.

Written by French archeologist, orientalist and religious historian Georges Contenau, "Éléments de Bibliographie Hittite" is a scarce bibliography of writings on Hittite language and civilization.*

Covers detached, but present. Spine partly missing. Book block starting. Minor age-toning along paper margin. Text in French. Wrappers in overall poor, interior in very good condition. poor to vg. Item #40207

About the author: Georges Contenau (1877-1964) was a French archeologist, orientalist and religious historian who was an expert in the field of culture and religion of the civilizations of the Near and Middle East. Professor at the University of Brussels from 1932 to 1947, he became chief curator of Oriental antiquities at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, from 1927 to 1946. Georges Contenau led several archaeological expeditions to Susa, Sidon and Nahavand. From 1946 to 1957 he was director general of the French Archaeological Mission in Iran. He wrote about the civilization of the Babylonians and Assyrians (1922), their daily life (1950), their Magic (1947) and divination (1940). He also wrote on the Phoenicians (1926), Hittite and Hurrians (1948). He issued a four-volume "Handbook of Oriental Archaeology" (1927-1947) and commenced the publication of the "Encyclopédie d'Archéologie Orientale" (1914-1957).

* The Hittites were an Ancient Anatolian people who established an empire centered on Hattusa in north-central Anatolia around 1600 BC. This empire reached its height during the mid-14th century BC under Suppiluliuma I, when it encompassed an area that included most of Asia Minor as well as parts of the northern Levant and Upper Mesopotamia. After c. 1180 BC, the empire came to an end during the Bronze Age collapse, splintering into several independent "Neo-Hittite" city-states, some of which survived until the 8th century BC. The Hittite language was a distinct member of the Anatolian branch of the Indo-European language family.

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