Syro-Hittite Monumental Art and the Archaeology of Performance: The Stone Reliefs at Carchemish and Zincirli in the Earlier First Millennium BCE

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Walter de Gruyter, 2011 - Art - 223 pages
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The ceremonial centers of the Syro-Hittite city-states (1200-700 BC) were lavishly decorated with large-scale, open-air figurative reliefs – an original and greatly influential artistic tradition that has captivated the imagination of its contemporaries as well as that of modern scholars. This volume explores how Syro-Hittite monumental art was used as a powerful backdrop to important ritual events, and it opens up a new perspective by situating the monumental heritage in the context of large public performances and civic spectacles of great emotional impact. The first part of the volume focuses on the sites of Carchemish and Zincirli, offering a close reading of the relevant archaeological contexts. The second part of the volume discusses the embedment of monumental art in ritual performance and examines how change in art relates to change in ceremonial behavior, and how the latter relates in turn to change in power structures and models of rulership.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The SyroAnatolian region in the Iron Age
5
3 Carchemish
19
4 Zincirli
55
5 The embedment of monumental art in ritual performance
97
6 Art and ritual performance in diachronic perspective
115
7 Conclusions
133
Bibliography
139
Catalogue
159
Index of concepts
223
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Alessandra Gilibert, Freie Universit t Berlin, Germany.

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