Aslantepe Hittite City History & Antiqueries

The History of Aslantepe

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Aslantepe or Arslantepe is an ancient city near present day Malatya. Aslantepe has been occupied since the development of the agricultural habitations of the fertile crescent 6000 years ago. It was conquered by the Hittites in the 14th century BC who ruled it until the collapse of the Hittite Empire in the Bronze Age Collapse. Aslantepe then re-emerged as Kammanu, a Neo-Hittite town.

The surviving Hittite artefacts in this Hittite picture gallery are from this period. Typical of Hittite art the Hittite relief sculptures depict colourful gods from the vast pantheon of Gods that the Hittites worshipped. Gods that are mixtures of animals such as the Hittite relief sculpture of Lion Men show the fertile creative imagination of Hittite artists. As well as a sculpture of A Winged God, the orthostats of Aslantepe depict scenes with Hittite Gods. The gallery also contains a splendid sculpture of a Lion from the Gate to Aslantepe which has all the hall marks of the endearing style of Hittite artist.





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