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Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte

Ed. by Clauss, Manfred / Funke, Peter / Gehrke, Hans-Joachim / Mann, Christian

Together with Brandt, Hartwin / Jehne, Martin

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Volume 91, Issue 2


Wilusa: Reconsidering the Evidence

Vangelis D. Pantazis
Published Online: 2012-04-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/klio.2009.0014


The detailed examination of the sources presented here have indicated that the prevailing opinion, according to which Wilusa is to be identified with Homeric (F)ilios and Taruisa with Troas, should be abandoned. In our opinion, Wilusa was most probably an inland vassal state between Hatti, Lukka, Seha and Millawanda. Its only possible location, being in full agreement with the Hittite texts, should be in the upper course of the Meander. It is not mere coincidence that in this specific area a pre-Hellenic toponym, that is very similar to Wilusa, survived as the seat of a bishop until the early Christian period, namely Ilouza (’Ίλουζα). Wilusa/Ilouza should be identified with the prehistoric city of Beycesultan, where one of the most important administrative centres of the Bronze Age and subsequently an Early Christian city flourished. Accordingly, the next member of Aššuwa coalition T(a)ruisa can tentatively be identified with the pre-Hellenic site of Trysa, in south Lycia.

Keywords: Troia; Wilusa; Trysa

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Published Online: 2012-04-25

Published in Print: 2009-12-01

Citation Information: Klio, Volume 91, Issue 2, Pages 291–310, ISSN (Print) 0075-6334, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/klio.2009.0014.

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