Main Page
Türkçe

Hasanbeyli Inscription

The inscribed stele was acquired in 1894 by Felix von Luschan at Hasanbeyli which lies just 13 km to the west of Zincirli, but on the western slopes of the Amanus Mountains. It had been reused as a boundary marker during Byzantian times with a short Greek inscription and couple of crosses carved over it. Of the original Phoenician inscription only 5 lines are partially preserved. It mentions the "king of the city of Adana" "king of Assur" and the name Awariku, which is a name also known from Karatepe inscription. Paleographically the stele is dated to a time slightly earlier than Karatepe, so perhaps mid 8th century BCE. Whether Awariku is the same person as Warika of Çineköy and Ýncirli remains debated. The basalt stele is about 42 cm wide, 34 cm high and 23 cm thick and currently in the inventory of Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin.


Click on the picture for a larger image.

Hasanbeyli Inscription - A. Lemaire, 1983 Hasanbeyli Inscription - A. Lemaire, 1983

Literature:
Lemaire, A. "L'inscription phénicienne de Hassan-Beyli reconsidérée," Rivista di studi fenici 11: 9–19 and Plate I.

Image sources:
Andre Lemaire, 1983.