Anatolia in the Earlier First Millennium B.C


In his previous fascicle (XV, 12) the author showed that the native Anatolian nature goddess and her son, the hunting god, remained much more popular throughout the second millennium B.C. than one might deduce from the written sources.
The present fascicle permits comparison of the iconographies of Neo-Hittites, Uratians, Phryigans, Lydians and Lycians. Inherited beliefs manifested themselves in widely differing ways. Thus the old nature goddess Kubaba or Cybele appears in the Neo-Hittite pantheon alongside many other deities; her cult among the Phyrgians, while emphasizing motherhood, seems to have been almost monotheistic.
With much information on new finds from Sardis, Gordion and easten Turkey this volume is a comprehensive survey of the religious iconography of Anatolia on the eve of its absorption into the Hellenic world.

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Maurits N. van Loon received the Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from Columbia University, New York, 1964. From 1971-88 he was Lecturer, then Professor of West Asian Prehistory and Archaeology, University of Amsterdam. Publications (as editor and part author): Hammam et- Turkman I: Report on the University of Amsterdam's 1981-84 Excavations in Syria (Istanbul, 1988 with Erich F. Schmidt and Hans H. Curvers); The Holmes Expeditions to Luristan (Chicago, 1989).
' ...the problems touched upon in the text make one look at the familiar illustrations with renewed interest.' Bernard Goldman, Journal of N.W. Sem.Languages, 1993.
all scholars and students of Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology.