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On Art In The Ancient Near East

Author : Irene Winter
ISBN : 9789004174993
Genre : History
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This second volume of Collected Essays, complement to volume one, focuses upon the art and culture of the third millennium B.C.E. in ancient Mesopotamia. Stress is upon the ability of free-standing sculpture and public monuments to both reflect cultural attitudes and to affect a viewing audience. Using Sumerian and Akkadian texts as well as works, the power of visual experience is pursued toward an understanding not only of the monuments but also of their times and our own.
Category: History

The Aesthetics Of Violence In The Prophets

Author : Julia M. O'Brien
ISBN : 9780567571427
Genre : Religion
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At the 2006 annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Prophetic Texts in their Ancient Contexts section devoted a session to the theme "The Aesthetics of Violence."Ã? Ã? Participants were invited to exploreÃ? multiple dimensions of propheticÃ? texts and their violent rhetoric.Ã? The results were rich-- engaging discussion of violent images in ancient Near Eastern art and in modern film, as well as advancing our understanding of the poetic skill required for invoking terror through words. This volume collects those essays as well as others especially commissioned for its creation. As a collection, they address questions that are at once ancient and distressingly-modern:Ã? Ã? What do violent images do to us?Ã? Do they encourage violent behavior and/or provide an alternative to actual violence?Ã? How do depictions of violence define boundaries between and within communities?Ã? Ã? What readers can and should readers make of the disturbing rhetoric of violent prophets?Ã? Ã? Contributors include Corrine Carvahlo, Cynthia Chapman, Chris Franke, Bob Haak, Mary Mills, Julia O'Brien, Kathleen O'Connor, Carolyn Sharp,Ã? Yvonne Sherwood, and Daniel Smith-Christopher. Ã?Â
Category: Religion

Materiality Of Writing In Early Mesopotamia

Author : Thomas E. Balke
ISBN : 9783110459630
Genre : History
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This volume presents recent research on the relationship between the material format of text-bearing artefacts, the texts they carry, and their genre. The essays cover a vast period, from the counting stones of the late 4th millennium BCE to the time of the Great Hittite Kingdom in the 2nd millennium BCE. The breadth of substantive focus allows new insights of relevance to scholars in both Ancient Middle Eastern studies and the humanities.
Category: History

Luxury And Legitimation

Author : Allison Karmel Thomason
ISBN : 0754602389
Genre : History
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Utilizing a variety of ancient sources, including cuneiform texts, images and archaeological finds, Luxury and Legitimation explores how the collecting of luxury objects contributed to the formation of royal identity in one of the world's oldest civilizations, ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). Allison Thomason makes a significant and timely contribution to the subjects of collecting and material culture studies by bringing a new understanding to the political, cultural and social institutions of an important pre-Classical, non-Western civilization.
Category: History

Studia Orientalia

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ISBN : 9519380728
Genre : East Asia
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Religion And Power

Author : Nicole Maria Brisch
ISBN : UOM:39015082688733
Genre : History
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This volume represents a collection of contributions presented during the Third Annual University of Chicago Oriental Institute Seminar Religion and Power: Divine Kingship in the Ancient World and Beyond, held at the Oriental Institute, February 23-24, 2007. The purpose of this conference was to examine more closely concepts of kingship in various regions of the world and in different time periods. The study of kingship goes back to the roots of fields such as anthropology and religious studies, as well as Assyriology and Near Eastern archaeology. More recently, several conferences have been held on kingship, drawing on cross-cultural comparisons. Yet the question of the divinity of the king as god has never before been examined within the framework of a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary conference. Some of the recent anthropological literature on kingship relegates this question of kings who deified themselves to the background or voices serious misgivings about the usefulness of the distinction between divine and sacred kings. Several contributors to this volume have pointed out the Western, Judeo-Christian background of our categories of the human and the divine. However, rather than abandoning the term divine kingship because of its loaded history it is more productive to examine the concept of divine kingship more closely from a new perspective in order to modify our understanding of this term and the phenomena associated with it.
Category: History

The Sumerian Sacred Marriage

Author : Pirjo Lapinkivi
ISBN : 9514590589
Genre : Religious literature, Sumerian
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Category: Religious literature, Sumerian