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ancient tribes linguistically related to the Urartians. The Hurrians are generally linked with the culture of the Kura-Araks Aeneolithic, which corresponds to the Khirbet-Kerak culture in Syria and Palestine. It is believed that the Hurrians were centered in Transcaucasia. In Syria and Mesopotamia they lived together with the Semites. In the 16th century B.C., they founded the Mitanni state in northern Mesopotamia, which flourished until the 13th century B.C., and exerted a strong influence on the Hittite Kingdom (seeMITANNI). In the first millennium B.C., the Hurrians were scattered along the western, southern, and eastern edges of the Armenian Highland.

Materials for the study of the Hurrian language include an inscription from the city of Urkish by Tisari, believed to be a Hurrian priestess (third millennium B.C.), religious texts from Mari and Babylonia, Akkadian-Hurrian bilingual texts and fragments of a Sumerian-Hurrian dictionary from Ugarit, religious literary texts from Hattusas, and other texts from the second millennium B.C. The Hurrians used various forms of cuneiform writing.


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These people groups are Amorites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Ugaritians, Egyptians, Hittites and Hurrians (in one essay), Arameans, Phoenicians, Ammonites, Moabites, and Edomites (the last three in one essay), Philistines, Persians, Arabians, and Greeks.
"Hurrians and Subarians." Journal of the American Oriental Society 68:1 (1948).
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Among them are the gigante Aloeus from Greek mythology, cannibal bapets of Ute folklore in the US, the frost giant Drottr from Norse mythology, Intulo the lizard man of the Zulu in Kwalulu Nata, the Salmon People of the Haida people in the US Pacific Northwest, and the primordial giant Upelleru of the Hittites and Hurrians. In many cases she includes guides to pronouncing the names.
Diyarbakyr is one of the culturally rich gems of the Southeast, with the Tigris River running along the fertile land that has hosted Hurrians, Hittites, Assyrians, Armenians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans.
But, apart from the sparing of the Gibeonites (Hurrians) in Jos.
War was a permanent condition, as Egyptians, Hurrians, Mitanni, and Hittites wrestled for hegemony over the region; a hegemony that largely depended on control of Syria and Canaan.
Tell Brak was the Capital of Hurrians after the end of Acadian Empire.
We master the Amorites Kassites and Hurrians but also learn the proper presentation of a roasted bird: "loosen the jointsÉattach the legs to the sides with a string." A woman gazing at a plaque of naked men strumming lutes might pen a spell to capture her beloved: "Keep bursting forth like the sun upon me / Keep renewing yourself for me like the moon."
About 12,000 years ago, hunter-gatherer groups in the area took up agriculture and turned part of this arid area into fertile oases that were later envied by nomadic groups such as Hurrians, Kassites and Guti.
-- Hittites, Hurrians, Kassites, and others who were then able to sweep away the remnants of Hammurabi's empire and (in the guise of the Hyksos) conquer northern Egypt.(60) After a period of fragmentation, the result was the chariot-based empires of the Amarna period.