Hittite is the language of a large corpus of clay tablets in cuneiform script (over 30,000) found at Hattusa (modern Boğazköy, currently Boğazkale), the capital of the Hittite kingdom in central Anatolia (modern Turkey). One can now add the newly discovered tablets from Ortaköy (over 3,000). The entire corpus of Hittite tablets was written down during a period of almost four centuries (ca. 1570–1220).
Hittite is the earliest attested Indo-European language, so it belongs to the same family as Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, and English. Thus, Hittite is of paramount importance in Indo-European studies. Moreover, the Hittite corpus includes a variety of literary and mythological compositions, a law collection (the Hittite Laws), letters, and historical annals, as well as ritual and magical texts.
Our department has offered Hittite as a special course on demand (e.g., as CAMS 597; it may also be offered as CAMS 490).