» Gökçetoprak/Sivasa (Nevşehir) - Hittites and Romans «
At first glance Gökçetoprak looks like a sleepy farming village somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Today it is, but it must have experienced other times in its three thousand year history. South of the village you will find a lonely rock with a late Hittite inscription from the 8th century B.C. in a cliff drop. In the village itself there is a rock relief of Zeus Stratios, whose cult was widespread in Greek-Roman times.
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Hittite rockinscription (2nd half of the 8th century BC) close to the village of Gökçetoprak.
After the arrival of the Hittites, who spoke an indogerman language, in Anatolia, they took over the cuneiform writing from the Assyrians and developed their own writing (Luwian) too.
About 200km further south, near Ivriz (Aydınkent), lies the most famous late Hittite rock relief (8th century BC) on the edge of a strong spring. Here King Warpalawas of Tuwanuwa (Kemerhisar) prays to the god Tarhu.