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1991-92 Annual Report

Billie Jean Collins

Billie Jean Collins joined the Hittite Dictionary staff as a Research Associate in December 1991. This appointment followed upon a very rewarding year teaching Greek and Roman history and Hittite language at the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations, a part of Northeast Normal University in Changchun, People's Republic of China. Her work on the Dictionary has centered on writing articles for the Í volume and on helping to prepare the final manuscript for the P volume. Her own research includes a revision her Yale Ph.D. dissertation, "The Representation of Wild Animals in Hittite Texts," which will be published by the Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten in Leiden. She is also currently preparing a paper, "Ritual Meals in the Hittite Cult," to be presented at a conference on Magic in the Ancient World, hosted by the University of Kansas in August 1992, while her article, "The Puppy in Hittite Ritual," recently appeared in the Journal of Cuneiform Studies. Dr. Collins' own publication, The Newsletter for Anatolian Studies, saw a very successful eighth year thanks to the resources of the Oriental Institute's Research Archives and the Publications Office. The number of subscribers continues to grow as does the scope and variety of the newsletter, which covers all disciplines of research into pre-Hellenistic Anatolia.

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