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Şırzı Inscription

Şırzı inscription is located near the Şırzı village (now Boğazgören), about 8 km north of Hekimhan town of Malatya. It was first reported in 1936. The rock outcrop has a 4-line luwian hieroglyph inscription and a 5th line on a horizontal surface above. Apparently the carver did not smooth the rock surface and therefore letters skip over holes and cracks of it and thus do not follow regular lines. The inscription belongs to a ruler (Country-Lord) of Malatya (Malizi) celebrating a local construction, possibly a road. It includes favours towards the god Runtiya and protective curses. The ruler's name is given as "Runtiya, son of Sahwi". Hawkins suggests that Sahwi may be identified as Sahu from Urartu sources who is the father of a Malatean King Hilaruada (Luwian Hilaruntiya(?)). If so, the Runtiya of this inscription would be a brother of Hilaruada and the inscription may date to the 8th century BCE.


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E.Anıl 2011 E.Süer 2011 C.Süer 2011 C.Süer 2011
J.D.Hawkins 5th line on top - J.D.Hawkins



Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 322-24 and plts. 157-59.
Dillo, M. "The Name of the Author of ŞIRZI: A Text Collation," BiOr 70, 2013: 332-60.
Simon, Z. "What was built in the Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription of ŞIRZI?," N.A.B.U. 2014-4: 151-52.

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, Ertuğrul Anıl, Cüneyt Süer, Ercüment Süer, 2011
J. David Hawkins, 2000.