Babylonian Medicine

Freie Universität Berlin

The Vocabulary of Body Parts in Hittite: A Lecture and Video-Conference by Sylvie Vanseveren, Brussels University


Thursday, January 19, 2017 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (Paris time) at the Ivry sur Seine CNRS building, 27 rue Paul Bert, Porte de Choisy/Porte d’Ivry subway station, room C in the basement or by distance through video-conference

We know about eighty words for body parts in the Hittite language. They are attested in different types of texts, especially in conjurations and purification rituals, which often contain lists of body parts. The identification of the various body parts is often difficult, due to the vagueness of contexts. This vocabulary also raises some particular problems both in Hittite and in the other Indo-European languages, such as the mixture of technical and popular terms, semantic and morphological changes, taboo replacements, and shifts from one body part to another.

This presentation constitutes the fifth monthly session of the interdisciplinary seminar “The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organized by Alice Mouton and supported by the Labex RESMED and the UMR 8167 Orient et Mediterranee.

All the persons who are interested in attending the session (either in Ivry sur Seine or through video-conference) are welcome for free but should register by e-mail beforehand.



–first posted on AGADE Dec 27, 2016–

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