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Arsuz Steles

Arsuz steles were found in 2007 near the Uluçınar village of Arsuz, Hatay within the territory of a Turkish navy base. The steles are made of porous basalt and almost identical in size and content. They are in the shape of a rectangular column with a rounded top. Dimensions are aproximately 2.2 m in height and roughly 0.5 meter in width on each side. On the front faces are a Storm God holding the hand of a male, presumably the king, and they are below a winged sun disk. While on Arsuz 1 the figures are standing above a stylized plant/tree, on Arsuz 2 they are above a bull. On the other three faces of each are a hieroglyphic Luwian inscription of 9 lines and a 8 lines, respectively. The inscription identifies the author as Suppiluliuma, son of king Manana, king of the land of Walastin, which is the Luwian name of the Tell Tayinat based Neo-Hittite kingdom. The text describes the successful campaigns of the king against the city of Adana and the land of Hiyawa. They are dated approximately to the end of 10th century BCE. Steles are displayed in Hatay Museum.


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Arsuz 1
Arsuz steles
Arsuz 2
Arsuz steles



Literature:
Dinçol, B. et al. "Two New Inscribed Storm-God Stelae from Arsuz (Iskenderun): ARSUZ 1 and 2" AnSt 65, 2015: 59–77.

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, Ertuğrul Anıl, Cüneyt Süer, 2015.