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Hieroglyphic Luwian


Admission requirements



Hieroglyphic Luwian is the language in which the monumental inscriptions of the Hittite Empire (1650-1180 BC, central-Anatolia) as well as the Neo-Hittite city states (1100-700 BC, south-east-Anatolia) are written. It is written in an indigenous hieroglyphic script (which has nothing to do with the Egyptian hieroglyphs).

Linguistically, Hieroglyphic Luwian belongs to the Anatolian branch of the Indo-European language family. Thus, it is closely related to Hittite, and, more remotely, to languages such as Greek, Latin, Sanskrit as well as English and Dutch.

In this course, both the writing system and the entire grammar of Hieroglyphic Luwian will be treated, with the aim of being able to independently read and interpret Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions in the hieroglyphic script.

Course objectives

After finishing this course, the student will be able to:

  • determine the place of Hieroglyphic Luwian within (the Anatolian branch of) the Indo-European language family;

  • correctly transliterate Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions with the help of a sign list;

  • translate and grammatically analyse Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions using a word list and sign list;

  • critically analyse and comment on transliterations and translations of Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions.


Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction

Weekly seminar (2 hours per week)

Course Load

Total course load: 5 EC x 28 hours= 140 hours.

  • Seminars: 26 hours

  • Preparation seminars: 65 hours

  • Preparation exam: 47 hours

  • Final exam: 2 hours

Assessment method

Written examination.




Written examination.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Not applicable.

Reading list

Syllabus: will be distributed by the lecturer in digital form before the first class.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

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A.J.J. Vertegaal, MA

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk