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Location of Kizzuwatna

Kizzuwatna was a kingdom in southeastern Anatolia in the 15th century BC. One center was Kummanni . The population consisted mainly of Hurrites and Luwians .


Kizzuwatna roughly corresponds to the later Cilicia plain . The country bordered the Mediterranean in the south . In the west, the city of Lamiya (on the Limonlu River Çayı , the ancient Lamos) formed the outermost border point to Ḫatti . From the sea the border ran northwards to Illubru, then further in a north-easterly direction to the river Šamri ( Seyhan , the ancient Saros) and further through the Taurus .

The capital was Adaniya (today Adana ), the most important places of worship were Kummanni (perhaps Sirkeli Höyük ) and Lawazantiya (probably Tatarli Höyük), which was not far from Kummanni. Tarša ( Tarsus ) was also an important city. The seaside town of Izzya was probably near ancient Issus on the Gulf of İskenderun .


Agreement between Pilliya from Kizzuwatna and Idrimi from Alalaḫ.

In the 16th century BC The area of ​​the later land of Kizzuwatna was subjugated by the Hittites. Around 1500 BC Kizzuwatna broke away from Ḫatti and the Hittite king Telipinu recognized the country Kizzuwatna, which is mentioned here for the first time, as an independent state in a treaty with King Išputaḫšu. Išputaḫšu calls himself on a seal that was found in Tarsos , Great King of Kizzuwatna and gives Pariyawatra as his father. It is not known whether he was already king. His successor Eḫeya renewed the state treaty between Kizzuwatna and Ḫatti with the Hittite king Taḫurwaili. His successor Paddatiššu also renewed this treaty, but the name of the Hittite king has not been preserved. No deeds are known of these three kings.

Pilliya concluded a peace treaty with the Hittite king Zidanta II . Another treaty he concluded with Idrimi von Alalaḫ / Mukiš (approx. 1475-1450 BC), who was a vassal of King Paratarna I of Mittani . Possibly he is identical to the priest Palliya. He performed a ritual to the weather god of Kizzuwatna at the source sanctuary of Lawazantiya . Kizzuwatna became a vassal of Mittani under Pilliya.

The timing of Talzu is uncertain. He is mentioned in a decree of the Hittite king Šuppiluliuma I , as the renewer of the cult for the goddess Išḫara at an earlier point in time.

Šunaššura, the last king of Kizzuwatna, was in a dispute with Niqmepa of Alalaḫ, so that King Sauštatar of Mittani had to act as a mediator between his two vassals. The Hittite king Tudḫaliya I succeeded in getting Šunaššura to break away from Mittani and conclude a treaty with him under the same states, but made Kizzuwatna dependent on Ḫatti. There may have been a previous king named Šunaššura before him.

At least since Tudḫaliya I , Hittite princes with the title “priests” were appointed as administrators of the province of Kizzuwatna. Known are Kantuzzili and later Telipinu , a son of Šuppiluliuma I.

Under Muršili II (1339-1306), the son of Šuppiluliuma, Kizzuwatna, like Mitanni and Arzawa, rebelled unsuccessfully against Ḫatti. In his ninth year of reign, Mursili celebrated the rituals that his father had already vowed to perform in the temple of Kummani. Under King Muwattalli II (1306–1282 BC) Kizzuwatna was definitely under Hittite control again. This king had a relief of himself attached to Sirkeli Höyük.

In Assyrian times, larger parts of the landscape were known as Qu'e . It was by Shalmaneser III. first conquered and finally incorporated into the Assyrian Empire by Shalmaneser V.

List of the kings of Kizzuwatna

The chronology of the kings of Kizzuwatna is not completely clear, as it depends on synchronisms with the likewise poorly documented Hittite kings of the Middle Kingdom .

Kings of Kizzuwatna
and their witnessed contemporaries
 King of Ḫatti   King of Kizzuwatna   King of Mittani 
Telipinu Išputaḫšu Kirta
Ḫantili II.
Eḫeya Šuttarna I.
Zidanta II. Pilliya Paratarna I.
Tudḫaliya I. Šunaššura Sauštatar


Most of the gods of Kizzuwatna come from the Hurrian pantheon. Teššup , son of Kumarbis , was the weather god , sometimes referred to as the king of Kummani. Ḫepat was his wife and Šarruma was their son. There was also the oath goddess Išḫara and the moon goddess Nikkal as well as the love and war goddess Šawuška . Then on to Muwanuš, in whose name stone pillars were erected, and the sun god Šimige . A fire god ( D GIBIL ) of unknown name and the weather god of Manuziya , who was especially venerated in the ḫišuwa festival , as well as the weather god of Ḫulašša. In Lawazantiya a triad of Teššup, Ḫepat and Šawuška was worshiped. Also the gods of the mountains and the rivers of Kizzuwatna and the gods of Kizzuwatna.


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Individual evidence

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