Onomasticon of the Hittite Pantheon by Ben van Gessel was published in 1998. In three years time the work has established itself as the ultimate comprehensive reference work concerning the Hittite pantheon.
With the publication of Part Three, the main work will be made accessible to a wider circle of all those interested in the ancient Near East. Moreover, it will prove to be an indispensable key to the abundance of information until now only to be found scattered throughout the
The easy-reference glossaries contain all the (word )forms quoted from Hittite texts in the
Onomasticon. A special feature of these glossaries is that they not only give the (English) meaning of the (word) forms, but that they also indicate, where appropriate, in relation to which deities they may appear. Also of importance are the lists of personal and geographical names and festivals included.
Part Three further includes additions resulting from new discoveries and corrections of earlier references in the
Ben H. L. van Gessel worked from 1958 until 1996 at the Fons Vitae Lyceum in Amsterdam, teaching ancient Greek and Latin, to become headmaster in 1968. Throughout those years he devoted much of his time to studying Hittite texts.
Alle drei Bände es Onomasticons stellen eine gelungene Arbeit dar, zu der man die Hethitologie beglückwünschen darf und die für viele Jahre ein wichtiges Arbeitsinstrument sein dürfte. Dem Verfasser gilt für sie unseren Dank.'
Bibliotheca Orientalis, 2002.
An indispensable reference work for both scholars and students active in the field of Hittite religion in particular, and in the history of the Ancient Near East in general.