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Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art (Mehmet Ali Atac) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521517904
Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art (Mehmet Ali Atac) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521517904
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Title: Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art

Author: Atac, Mehmet Ali

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521517904

Volumes: 1; Pages: 298

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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 Ata� argues that the reliefs hold a deeper meaning that was addressed primarily to an internal audience composed of court scholars and master craftsmen. Ata� 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. Ata� argues that the layers of meaning embedded in the Neo-Assyrian palace reliefs go deeper than politics, imperial propaganda, and straightforward historical record.


Part I. Human and Animal Ontology in Assyrian Art: Introduction

1. Ashurnasirpal II

2. Tiglath-Pileser III

3. Sargon II

4. Sennacherib

5. Ashurbanipal; Conclusion to Part I

Part II. Kingship and Priesthood in the Art of Ashurnasirpal II: Introduction

6. The king, non-king

7. 'La sale dite 'g"

8. The mixta persona

9. The king and the 'sacred tree'

10. The encounter; Conclusion to Part II

Part III. The Semantics of Sages and Mischwesen in Assyrian Art and Thought: Introduction

11. Before the flood

12. Fertilization and purification

13. King the man, the king-man

14. 'Tiamat's brood'

15. The ancient Mesopotamian flood traditions

16. Lord of the netherworld

Conclusion to Part III


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