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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
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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