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Title: Dating the Neo-Hittite Kinglets of Gurgum/Maraş
Author(s): PORTER, R.M.
Journal: Anatolica
Volume: 29    Date: 2003   
Pages: 7-16
DOI: 10.2143/ANA.29.0.2015510

Abstract :
Halparuntiyas III was a king of Gurgum, a Neo-Hittite state based at modern
Maraş which is about 120km northwest of Carchemish. Halparuntiyas gave a seven generation father-son list of himself and six predecessors, inscribed in hieroglyphs on a monumental gate lion. Some of his predecessors link to Assyrian history thus giving an approximate dating for the genealogy with Halparuntiyas III c.800 BC. However, the style of the lion is appropriate to the period of Tiglath-pileser III in the second half of the eighth century. The genealogical dating was published by Bossert in 1932, and the stylistic dating by Akurgal in 1949. A solution to the problem was attempted by Orthmann in 1971, but it was not favourably received. The discrepancy has now existed for over 50 years – this article restates the problem and reviews the literature but can not offer a precise solution.

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