Symbol space and meaning in hittite architecture

Onurlu, Sema
The importance of the Hittites derives from the fact that they were an organized central power extending over a large territory within which a number of societies maintained their language, culture and traditions. The archaeological findings of Hattusha, the Hittite capital reveal that the city had reached its maximum limits during the Great Kingdom period and the most magnificient and monumental buildings of the city are dated to this period. Yazilikaya, the open air sanctuary which reached to its final form during the Great Kingdom period too, is an outstanding example of the many temples constructed in Hattusha that belong to different periods and the dimensions of which are quite dfferent from each other. Among the archaeological findings of Hattusha, the royal archives are other important material evidence as they transmit us the Hittites' perception of the cosmos. However, understanding the antique world which is at a "distance" both historaiclly and conceptually is not an easy task. In this context, rethinking and reinterpreting the meaning attributed to Yazilikaya, th eopen air sanctuary, can only be achieved by considering the political, architectural and religious aspects together. This study is an attempt to reinterpret the material knowledge by drawing the appropriate limits of this knowledge with a contextual approach.


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Citation Formats
S. Onurlu, “Symbol space and meaning in hittite architecture,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2004.