Gary Beckman

Gary Michael Beckman (born 1948) is a noted Hittitologist and Professor of Hittite and Mesopotamian Studies from the University of Michigan.[1] He has written several books on the Hittites: his publication Hittite Diplomatic Texts and Hittite Myths were both republished twice—in 1991 and 1999 respectively.[2][3] As a Hittitologist, Professor Gary Beckman also wrote an article on Hittite Chronology in Akkadica 119-120 (2000)[4] while he served as an editor of the 2003 book Hittite Studies in Honor of Harry A. Hoffner, Jr: On the Occasion of His 65th Birthday.[5] Beckman also composed a book review on Trevor Bryce's influential book, The Kingdom of the Hittites in Bryn Mawr.[6]

Dr. Beckman participated as an academic advisor for the 2003 Tolga Örnek film "Hititler" (or "Hittites" in English) which discussed the history and culture of the Hittites.[7] In 2008, Professor Beckman reviewed a book concerning "regime change" and their impact upon local societies in the Middle East from ancient times to the modern era.[8] He observed that cultural and administrative changes did not typically happen until approximately two generations (or 50 years) had passed from the overthrow of the previous ruling regime.


  • Texts from the Vicinity of Emar in the Collection of Jonathan Rosen, (Padova: Sargon, 1996).
  • Catalogue of the Babylonian Collections at Yale. II. Old Babylonian Archival Texts in the Nies Babylonian Collection. (Bethesda, MD: CDL Press, 1995).
  • Hittite Diplomatic Texts. Writings from the Ancient World, Volume 7. (Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1996) [second Edition, 1999].
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh (Norton Critical Editions), with Benjamin R. Foster and Douglas Frayne (New York: W. W. Norton, 2001).
  • Catalogue of the Babylonian Collections at Yale. 4.Old Babylonian Archival Texts in the Yale Babylonian Collection (Bethesda, MD: CDL Press, 2000).
  • Hittite Myths, (co-editor), Scholars Press; 2nd edition (1991)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Gary Beckman, Official University of Michigan webpage". Archived from the original on 2013-09-02. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  2. ^ Hittite Myths, Second Edition
  3. ^ Hittite Diplomatic Texts
  4. ^ "AKKADICA 119-120 - septembre-décembre / september-december 2000". Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  5. ^ Hittite Studies in Honor of Harry A. Hoffner, Jr: On the Occasion of His 65th Birthday: Harry A. Hoffner, Gary M. Beckman, Richard Henry Beal, John Gregory McMahon, Gregory McMahon: Books
  6. ^ Bryn Mawr Classic Review by Gary Beckman
  7. ^ Hititler
  8. ^ Book Review of Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and Egypt: From Sargon of Agade to Saddam Hussein
  9. ^ Gary Beckman

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