Gary Beckman

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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 Ancient 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 film Hititler (or 'Hittites' in English) which discussed the history and culture of the Ancient 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)

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