am 13. Oktober 2012
In the fourteenth and thirteenth century BC the Ahhiyawa were a people on the western edge of the Hittite empire, “across the sea” and reached at or via the islands. Their king was regarded by the Hittites as an equal, mentioned in a row with the kings of Egypt, Babylonia and Assyria. After much initial controversy it is now almost generally accepted that they are to equated with the Homeric Achaeans. If so, the roughly 30 Hittite texts mentioning them have the exciting status of being the only outside references to the Bronze Age Mycenaeans. The texts were first collected and edited by Sommer in 1932. The present volume is a long overdue update, with transliterations, translations and commentary, all impeccably done, by three leading experts. My only (very minor) criticism is that in accordance with the style of the series the translations had to omit all philological commentary.