Pictures & Images of the Hittite Karatepe Bilingual Texts. { 42 images } Created 7 Sep 2018

Pictures & images of the Karatepe Bilingual Hittite basalt stele and divine statue also known as the Azatiwada inscription. Photos by photographer Paul E Williams. In 1946 inscribed orthostats and a statue were excavated by archaeologists Helmuth Theodor Bossert and Halet Çambel 1946 at Karatepe Aslantas in southern Anatolia, Turkey. The stone slabs and statue were inscribed with a proclamation known as the "Call of Azatiwada” by King Azatiwada who built the fortress at Karatepe written in both Phoenician language script and Luwian hieroglyphs. Compared to the Rosetta stones these bilingual texts allowed scholars to decrypt the similar Anatolian or Hittite hieroglyphs for the first time and therefore learn even more about the ancient Hittite civilisation. The "Call of Azatiwada” starts “I am really Azatiwada,
Man of my Sun, the servant of Thunder God,
Rendered superior by Avaricus, and the ruler of Adanava,
Thunder God rendered me Mother and Father of Adanava city, and
I am the one, who developed Adanava city,
And I expanded Adanava country, both westward and eastward,
And during my reign, I made Adanava city tastes prosperity, satiety and comfort, and I filled the grain warehouses,
I added horse to horse, shield to shield, army to army, everything for Thunder God an d the deities,
I defeated the feint of the feinters,
I expelled country's bad men ……………….” and ends : “Only the name Azatiwada is eternal, forever like the name of the Sun and the Moon.” Thanks to the discovery of the Karatepe Bilingual Hittite basalt steles Azatiwada’s proclamation was rediscovered after being buried for 2500 years.

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