© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 JANER 6 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 I presented an early version of this article in 1996 at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research and I must thank Gary M. Beckman, H. Craig Melchert and Harry A. Ho ﬀ ner, Jr. for o ﬀ ering very helpful comments at that time. I owe special thanks to Sarah Morris for taking an active interest in my work on pigs and encouraging me to look ever deeper into the Greek world of pig sacri ﬁ ce. Finally, I extend my thanks to Ian Rutherford for organizing the Langford Symposium in 2005 and for including me among the list of speakers. PIGS AT THE GATE: HITTITE PIG SACRIFICE IN ITS EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN CONTEXT BILLIE JEAN COLLINS Abstract The consumption of pork in Hittite Anatolia is unlikely to have been a simple matter of geography or ethnicity, but was governed by a complex set of principles involving determiners like status, gender, and the level of cultic in ﬂ uence from religious sanctuaries. On the few occasions that the Hittite texts refer directly to eating pork, the context is highly ritualized, suggesting
Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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