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The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art (Paperback)
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The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art (Paperback)

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The relief slabs that decorated the palaces of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, which emphasized military conquest and royal prowess, have traditionally been understood as statements of imperial propaganda that glorified the Assyrian king. In this book, Mehmet-Ali Atac argues that the reliefs hold a deeper meaning that was addressed primarily to an internal audience composed of court scholars and master craftsmen. Atac focuses on representations of animals, depictions of the king as priest and warrior, and figures of mythological beings that evoke an archaic cosmos. He demonstrates that these images mask a complex philosophical rhetoric developed by court scholars in collaboration with master craftsmen who were responsible for their design and execution. Atac argues that the layers of meaning embedded in the Neo-Assyrian palace reliefs go deeper than politics, imperial propaganda, and straightforward historical record.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107627604
Number of pages: 297
Weight: 740 g
Dimensions: 254 x 177 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'There is much in this book that ancient and art historians will find of interest. The method of analyzing Assyrian art in the light of the wide body of textual sources and comparative mythology is most welcome.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review
'All interested in the adaptation of primordial myth to illustrate a later art will find many thought-provoking observations in this book.' American Journal of Archaeology
'The field of ancient Near Eastern studies has traditionally been characterized by the philological virtue of attending closely to the text. Atac's book demonstrates how this virtue is as relevant to the reading of visual material as it is to the study of verbal records.' Journal of the American Oriental Society
"There is much in this book that ancient and art historians will find of interest. The method of analyzing Assyrian art in the light of the wide body of textual sources and comparative mythology is most welcome." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"All interested in the adaptation of primordial myth to illustrate a later art will find many thought-provoking observations in this book." --American Journal of Archaeology
"The field of ancient Near Eastern studies has traditionally been characterized by the philological virtue of attending closely to the text. Atac's book demonstrates how this virtue is as relevant to the reading of visual material as it is to the study of verbal records." --Journal of the American Oriental Society

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