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Karga

This approximately one meter high porphyry block was found in 1928 during a survey by Oriental Institute in the village of Karga where it was used as a cornerstone in a building. The flattened surface bears a partial hieroglyphic Luwian inscription which mentions the title MAGNUS.DOMUS.FI[LIUS(?)], which may mean "Chief of the Palace Attendants", followed by perhaps a city name Talahi(?) (Ta-la-hí URBS). The title is known to have been used by high level Hittite officials. It is dated to Hittite Empire period. The block has been transferred in 1928 to Alişar and in 1932 to Augustus temple in Ankara, and today probably it is in the possession of Anatolian Civilizations Museum.


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from I. Gelb



Literature:
Gelb, I. J. Hittite Hieroglyphic Monuments. OIP 45, Chicago, 1939: 33–34 and plate LV.
Meriggi, P. Manuale di eteo geroglifico. Parte II: Testi 2a e 3a serie, Roma, 1975: 309.
Oreshko, R. "'The Achaean Hides, Caged in Yonder Beams’: The Value of Hieroglyphic Luwian Sign *429 Reconsidered and a New Light
    on the Cilician Ahhiyawa," KADMOS 52, 2013: 19–33 (24–25 and note 25).
von der Osten, H. H. Explorations in Hittite Asia Minor 1927-28 (OIC 6), Chicago, 1929: 139–40.

Image sources:
Ignace J. Gelb, 1939.