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Art and Immortality in the Ancient Near East

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  • Date Published: April 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108621199

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  • Discussions of apocalyptic thought and its sources in the ancient Near East, particularly Mesopotamia, have a long scholarly history, with a renewed interest and focus in the recent decades. Outside Assyriological scholarship as well, studies of the apocalyptic give significant credit to the ancient Near East, especially Babylonia and Iran, as potential sources for the manifestations of this phenomenon in the Hellenistic period. The emphasis on kingship and empire in apocalyptic modes of thinking warrants special attention paid to the regal art of ancient Mesopotamia and adjacent areas in its potential to express the relevant notions. In this book, Mehmet-Ali Ataç demonstrates the importance of visual evidence as a source for apocalyptic thought. Focusing on the so-called investiture painting from Mari, he relates it to parallel evidence from the visual traditions of the Assyrian Empire, ancient Egypt, and Hittite Anatolia.

    • Proposes a new way of looking at the imagery of ancient Near Eastern art, and favors a metaphysical perspective
    • Adopts a diachronic approach and deals with a number of periods and cultures of the ancient Near East, including Egypt, in a comparative framework
    • Puts the study of apocalyptic thought in the forefront of the interpretation of the art of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia BCE
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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108621199
    • contains: 59 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. The 'investiture' painting from Mari
    2. The iconographic analysis of the Mari painting
    3. The flood myth as paradigm
    4. The semantics of the frame of running spirals
    5. Implications of sacral time and eschatology
    6. The royal destiny: the 'garden scene' of Ashurbanipal revisited.

  • Author

    Mehmet-Ali Ataç, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
    Mehmet-Ali Ataç studied architecture, art history, and archaeology, earning his Ph.D. from Harvard Unviersity, Massachusetts in 2003. He was Whiting Post-doctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Princeton University, New Jersey (2003–2004) and Hetty Goldman Member in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2010–11). From 2004 to 2015, he taught at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. A scholar of the art of the ancient Near East, he is the author of The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art (Cambridge, 2010).

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