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Title: The Location and Erection of the Storm-God Stelae from Arsuz
Subtitle: Deciphering the Unreadable Luwian City Name in Cilicia as the Port of Urassa/i
Author(s): DILLO, Martien
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 73 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2016
In the recently published article on the Arsuz stelae with a first edition of the hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions, the authors put forward a proposal suggesting that the erection site of the Neo-Hittite monuments was not the same as their find-spot. In this article it will be argued that this theory should be rejected and that the coastal city Arsuz (Rhosus) was already at an early stage (c. 910 BCE) under the influence of Hiyawa (Cilicia) and its capital. This permits the identification of the city with the unreadable name in Cilicia with Greek Magarsus and with Hittite Urua, which makes the deciphering of the hieroglyphic writing of the name possible. Even the differences between the scenes of the Storm-god on both stelae, may be understood as intentional designs linked up with their location in Arsuz. The differences in spelling in the two identical inscriptions can be explained by the logographic working method used by the scribe.