Gal gestin

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The gal gestin was a Hittite military and administrative title literally meaning "chief of the wine stewards". It is considered to be one of the most important and prestigious posts of the Hittite Kingdom.


As a gal gestin a commander was personally responsible for the safety of the king. On most cases he was a member of the royal family and usually the brother of the king.[1]

A gal gestin would at times also participate in festivals, while like the gal mesedi he could command troops independent from the monarch's jurisdiction.[2]


  1. ^ Bryce p.110
  2. ^ Beal p.356