An Anatolian Empire: Art and Archaeology of the Hittites with Dr. Türkan Pilavcı - Context Travel

An Anatolian Empire: Art and Archaeology of the Hittites with Dr. Türkan Pilavcı


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Join scholar Turkan Pilavci to discover the Hittites, the powerful populace who ruled Anatolia in the second millennium BC. We will use archaeological finds and artworks to uncover this often overlooked kingdom and explore the land they ruled for centuries.

Often overlooked and treated as a peripheral entity by modern scholars, the Hittite Empire had trade relations and diplomatic ties across the Eastern Mediterranean basin. As an attestation of their might, the Hittite kings exchanged letters with famous rulers of Egypt, addressing each other as brothers, as equals within a family of monarchs. This seminar will explain their history and their lasting legacy. We’ll investigate archaeological sites, architectural structures, and artwork to get more information about the Hittite belief system and shed light on its effect on the lives of its people and their material culture. Reading excerpts from primary sources, we’ll discuss important rituals. Representations of royalty and divinity will be evaluated to understand how ancient images functioned in the Anatolian context. Rock reliefs carved on the landscape with the omnipresent royal figures, relief vases with narrative cult scenes, monumental architectural sculptures are a select few among many of the works of art that will be introduced.

Led by an expert on Ancient Near East, Dr. Türkan Pilavcı, this interactive seminar will focus on the aspects of visual arts and archaeology of Hittite Anatolia. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge and appreciation of this land and this particular ancient civilization.

Türkan Pilavcı completed her Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2001, specializing in the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East. Her dissertation investigated the cult practices and ritual paraphernalia of Anatolia during the Hittite period. Türkan received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and completed her M.A. in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean at K.U. Leuven. Having participated in numerous archaeological projects, since 2007 she has been active in the Tarsus-Gözlükule Excavation and Research Project, Turkey. She is currently teaching at Boğaziçi University.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Hittite Civilization

Excellent overview of the Hittite Civilization and its significance in the area of the cradle of world culture.

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L.H.
A valuable overview of the Hittites

Wonderful to have a Conversation on one of the lesser known civilisations. Dr. Pilavcı gave us a thorough (if very slightly dry) introduction to the Hittites. Nice use of visuals. I certainly learned a lot and it has inspired me to plan a trip to central Turkey.

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M.h.
Hittite Civilization

Excellent overview of the Hittite Civilization and its significance in the area of the cradle of world culture.

L
L.H.
A valuable overview of the Hittites

Wonderful to have a Conversation on one of the lesser known civilisations. Dr. Pilavcı gave us a thorough (if very slightly dry) introduction to the Hittites. Nice use of visuals. I certainly learned a lot and it has inspired me to plan a trip to central Turkey.