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Excavations by K.M. Kenyon in Jerusalem 1961-1967, Volume VI - Sites on the edge of the Ophel (Hardcover): Kay Prag Excavations by K.M. Kenyon in Jerusalem 1961-1967, Volume VI - Sites on the edge of the Ophel (Hardcover)
Kay Prag
R1,431 R1,193 Discovery Miles 11 930 Save R238 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this volume the principal focus is on the presence/absence of the city walls on the east side of the city from the Iron Age onwards. The evidence for major walls and their structure from Iron Age II to the Byzantine periods in Sites S.II and R.II is described and substantial revisions suggested, as inter alia no evidence for the tenth century/Solomonic date in Site S.II as suggested by E. Mazar was uncovered. The strategic reasons for the location of the northern boundary of the earlier town is discussed in relation to evidence from Kenyon's Site H. There is only sparse evidence for the PostExilic period in both areas. Parts of plastered basement rooms survived the destruction of AD 70. For the Roman period more evidence of the presence of the Roman army in the city is collated, including a possible watch tower, rare fragments of terra cottas and of fine imported South Gaulish pottery. Additionally John Hayes presents the catalogue of all the Late Roman fine wares from all remaining unpublished sites excavated by the Joint Expedition. Site S.II adds a little to the picture of the busy and extensive Byzantine city; and Site R.I provides a glimpse of extramural activities in the eighth/ninth centuries AD. A major contribution to the study of Ayyubid ceramics is provided by an assemblage from a large dump of the period. The analysis of iron working debris from Site L (the Armenian Garden) by Gethin and a reconsideration of the use of that area in Ayyubid and Mamluk times illustrates historical data, with ongoing activity in the late Ottoman period illustrated from Site S.II. The finds of the Ayyubid period were especially interesting for the insight provided into the lives of the inhabitants of the city.

Landscape and Interaction: Troodos Survey Vol 1 - Methodology, Analysis and Interpretation (Hardcover, New): Michael Given, A.... Landscape and Interaction: Troodos Survey Vol 1 - Methodology, Analysis and Interpretation (Hardcover, New)
Michael Given, A. Bernard Knapp, Jay Noller, Luke Sollars, Vasiliki Kassianidou
R1,398 R1,171 Discovery Miles 11 710 Save R227 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Troodos Mountain range in central Cyprus is a region of great physical and cultural diversity. The landscapes range from fertile, cultivated plains to narrow, dry valleys and forested mountain regions and this physical topography is overlain by a rich human cultural landscape of farming, mining, industry, settlement, burial and ritual behaviour. Over six field seasons, a team of specialists and fieldwalkers from the Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project (TAESP) investigated the northern edge of this region and explored the complex and dynamic relationship between landscape and people over 12,000 years. The results of their integrated and interpretative approach are presented here, in the first of two volumes. Beginning with a considered overview of the context, research aims and methodology of the project, Volume 1 provides detailed accounts of the archaeology, material culture, geography and environmental record of the entire survey area. This wealth of information is then bought together to produce a series of chronological and thematic analyses of the interaction between people and landscape in this region of Cyprus from the Prehistoric through to the Modern period.

Writings from Ancient Egypt (Paperback): Toby Wilkinson Writings from Ancient Egypt (Paperback)
Toby Wilkinson 2
R312 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R57 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Man perishes; his corpse turns to dust; all his relatives pass away. But writings make him remembered' In ancient Egypt, words had magical power. Inscribed on tombs and temple walls, coffins and statues, or inked onto papyri, hieroglyphs give us a unique insight into the life of the Egyptian mind. Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson has freshly translated a rich and diverse range of ancient Egyptian writings into modern English, including tales of shipwreck and wonder, obelisk inscriptions, mortuary spells, funeral hymns, songs, satires and advice on life from a pharaoh to his son. Spanning over two millennia, this is the essential guide to a complex, sophisticated culture. Translated with an Introduction by Toby Wilkinson

Light from the Ancient Past, Vol. 2 - The Archaeological Background of the Hebrew-Christian Religion (Hardcover): Jack Finegan Light from the Ancient Past, Vol. 2 - The Archaeological Background of the Hebrew-Christian Religion (Hardcover)
Jack Finegan
R3,976 R2,910 Discovery Miles 29 100 Save R1,066 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A photograph, map, or diagram illustrates the text for every site described in this pilgrimage to Palestine, beginning with places connected with John the Baptist and proceeding to Bethlehem and Nazareth, Samaria and Galilee, Jerash, Caesarea, Jericho, the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, and Emmaus. Each entry concludes with a brief bibliography of pertinent literature. Professor Finegan's knowledge of Christian theology and history plus his command of the archeology and topography of the Holy Land make his book an authoritative guide, a book for study and reference, and a volume for devotional reading. Originally published in 1969. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Qasr Ibrim - The Ottoman Period (Hardcover): John Alexander, William Y. Adams Qasr Ibrim - The Ottoman Period (Hardcover)
John Alexander, William Y. Adams
R1,609 R1,461 Discovery Miles 14 610 Save R148 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume completes the documentation of excavations at the Nubian site of Qasr Ibrim conducted by the Egypt Exploration Society, continuing the tradition of documenting the history and archaeology of the site phase-by-phase. Previous monographs dealt with the Ballana phase (c. AD 350-600), the earlier (c. 600-1172) and the later medieval period (c. 1172-1500). The present work carries the story forward to the final abandonment of the site in AD 1812, the period when Lower Nubia was annexed to the Ottoman Empire, and an Ottoman garrison was installed at Qasr Ibrim. Part I deals with the historical record of the site, based on archival sources, Part II presents the archaeological evidence, followed in Part III by brief summaries on the Ottoman period artefacts found at the site, in particular pottery (by William Y. Adams), basketry (by Boyce N. Driskell), and textiles (by Nettie K. Adams)

Parallel Lives (Hardcover): Gerald Cadogan, Maria Iacovou, Katerina Kopaka, James Whitley Parallel Lives (Hardcover)
Gerald Cadogan, Maria Iacovou, Katerina Kopaka, James Whitley
R2,730 R2,217 Discovery Miles 22 170 Save R513 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How do the cultures of Crete and Cyprus, the two great islands of the eastern Mediterranean, compare in their history and development from the 3rd millennium to the 1st millennium BC? What was similar and what was different in their social and political, economic and technological, and religious and mortuary practices and behaviours, and in the natural settings and choices of places for settlements? Why, and how, did convergences and divergences come about? Why for instance did monumental buildings appear in Cyprus several centuries after they had emerged in Crete? And what was the impact on Cypriot society of the island's rich copper resources, while Crete as a rule had to import the metal? How and why did Cyprus manage an apparently much more peaceful transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age than Crete? These are among the important questions that a leading group of experts on the two islands addressed at Parallel Lives, a pioneering conference in Nicosia organised by the British School at Athens, the University of Crete and the University of Cyprus, to compare and discuss the islands' cultural trajectories diachronically from c. 3000 BC through their Bronze Ages and down to their loss of independence in 300 BC for Cyprus and 67 BC for Crete. Papers given then are now presented in fully revised form as chapters in this book, which is the first to bring together the study of Crete and Cyprus in this way, while starting with their insular geo-cultural identities. It will be a valuable resource for students of both islands, for all who are interested in ancient material cultures and mentalities in the Mediterranean, as well as those engaged in island studies across the world.

The Balboura Survey and Settlement in Highland Southwest Anatolia (Hardcover): J.J. Coulton The Balboura Survey and Settlement in Highland Southwest Anatolia (Hardcover)
J.J. Coulton
R2,361 R1,951 Discovery Miles 19 510 Save R410 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Balboura Survey, conducted between 1985 and 1994, investigated the settlement history of a small district in the ancient region of Kabalia in the mountains of southwestern Turkey. Although the survey's focus was on the Hellenistic-Early Byzantine city of Balboura and its western territory, the fieldwork revealed significant prehistoric occupation, and the project included research into Ottoman and recent settlement. Vol. 1: Balboura and the history of highland settlement This first volume of the final publication analyses settlement in the survey area from the Chalcolithic to the 20th century, placing it in the context of the adjoining districts. Major themes include: - the relation of the local prehistoric sites to the long-lived cultures to the north and east, and to the sparse evidence for settlement along the coast to the south; - Balboura's foundation by immigrant Pisidians around 200BC, and the new pattern of small agricultural settlements which came with it, exploiting land up to 1700m; - the city's attachment to the Roman province of Lycia, its adoption of the civic culture of Hellenistic and Roman Anatolia, and the interplay of alternative ethnicities - Kabalian, Pisidian, Lycian and Roman; - subsistence, climate, and the stability of Balboura's rural settlement pattern through nearly 1000 years. - the balance between pastoral and settled occupation from the prehistoric period through to the present day. Vol. 2. The Balboura Survey: detailed studies and catalogues This second volume of the final publication contains detailed discussions of the prehistoric pottery and of the Hellenistic and later pottery, which provide a chronological framework for the interpretation of the survey, and a major study of Hellenistic and Roman inscriptions examined during the project, many of them unpublished. Later chapters discuss an early Balbouran soldier who died at Sidon, the fortifications and water supply of the city, funerary monuments, and churches and other early Christian remains. The final chapter discusses problems and methodological issues raised by the survey, which combined extensive and intensive fieldwork. Five detailed catalogues present the Hellenistic and later pottery, the evidence of ancient activity across the city site, the rural sites and their pottery, known inscriptions from the territory of Balboura, and Balbouran funerary monuments.

Taming the Great Desert: Adam in the Prehistory of Oman (Paperback): Guillaume Gernez, Jessica Giraud Taming the Great Desert: Adam in the Prehistory of Oman (Paperback)
Guillaume Gernez, Jessica Giraud
R835 R786 Discovery Miles 7 860 Save R49 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Located at the margins of the Rub Al-Khali desert, a place of interactions between settled and nomadic populations, the Adam oasis occupies a pivotal role in the history of Oman. However, almost nothing was known about its foundation and early developments. In 2006, the French Archaeological Mission in Central Oman began the exploration of the area. After ten years of field research using innovative methods and technologies, much is now revealed about the importance of Adam in the prehistory and early history of Oman. This is the first monograph about the research carried out at Adam and it includes seven chapters written by specialists directly involved in the field activities. Each major period is described in detail, including evidence of Palaeolithic occupation, Neolithic settlements, Early and Middle Bronze Age necropolises, Iron Age ritual sites and also an ethnographic study of the traditional water sharing within the oasis.

Myths & Monuments of Ancient Egypt (Hardcover): Lucia Gahlin, Lorna Oakes Myths & Monuments of Ancient Egypt (Hardcover)
Lucia Gahlin, Lorna Oakes
R452 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R78 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This two-volume survey of ancient Egypt explores all the main sites, temples and tombs, and investigates how mythology and religion underpinned this great civilization. The first book affords an intriguing insight into the state religion of the Egyptians, their gods, goddesses and deified rulers, and their religious and burial practices. The second book deals with the rediscovery of ancient Egypt, and has a full and comprehensive survey of the temples and buildings. Lavishly illustrated throughout with photographs and plans of the sites, these informative volumes will inspire the reader with their accessible and authoritative account of this ancient civilization.

Kinship and Family in Ancient Egypt - Archaeology and Anthropology in Dialogue (Hardcover): Leire Olabarria Kinship and Family in Ancient Egypt - Archaeology and Anthropology in Dialogue (Hardcover)
Leire Olabarria
R2,558 Discovery Miles 25 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this interdisciplinary study, Leire Olabarria examines ancient Egyptian society through the notion of kinship. Drawing on methods from archaeology and sociocultural anthropology, she provides an emic characterisation of ancient kinship that relies on performative aspects of social interaction. Olabarria uses memorial stelae of the First Intermediate Period and the Middle Kingdom (ca.2150-1650 BCE) as her primary evidence. Contextualising these monuments within their social and physical landscapes, she proposes a dynamic way to explore kin groups through sources that have been considered static. The volume offers three case studies of kin groups at the beginning, peak, and decline of their developmental cycles respectively. They demonstrate how ancient Egyptian evidence can be used for cross-cultural comparison of key anthropological topics, such as group formation, patronage, and rites of passage.

Science in the Study of Ancient Egypt (Hardcover, New): Sonia Zakrzewski, Andrew J. Shortland, Joanne Rowland Science in the Study of Ancient Egypt (Hardcover, New)
Sonia Zakrzewski, Andrew J. Shortland, Joanne Rowland
R3,242 Discovery Miles 32 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

There is a notable lack of archaeological science used in Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology today. The reasons behind this are twofold: one, the discipline started with the early translation of Hieroglyphs which, combined with the large amount of written and pictorial material available, has long overshadowed the study of the material culture, including archaeology. Second are the practical and bureaucratic challenges to be found in obtaining access to material. In the light of these challenges, the lack of application of archaeological science in Egypt is hardly surprising.

Science in the Study of Ancient Egypt demonstrates how to integrate scientific methodologies into Egyptology broadly, and in Egyptian archaeology in particular, in order to maximise the amount of information that might be obtained within a study of ancient Egypt, be it field, museum, or laboratory-based. The authors illustrate the inclusive but varied nature of the scientific archaeology being undertaken, revealing that it all falls under the aegis of Egyptology, and demonstrating its potential for the elucidation of problems within traditional Egyptology.

Sisters Of Sinai - How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden Gospels (Paperback): Janet Soskice Sisters Of Sinai - How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden Gospels (Paperback)
Janet Soskice 1
R315 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R54 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The hunt for early Bible manuscripts was among the most romantic of all the 19th century's grand quests...At the heart of this lively, inspiring double biography is the story of how a pair of spirited Presbyterian women made their own extraordinary discovery' Sunday Times Sisters of Sinai is the story of how Scottish twin sisters made one of the most important manuscript finds of the nineteenth century - an early copy of the gospels which lay hidden in the Sinai desert. We trace the footsteps of the intrepid pair from the Ayrshire of their childhood, as they voyage to Egypt, Sinai and beyond, coping with camels, unscrupulous dragomen, and unpredictable welcomes, not least from the academics of their adopted home in Cambridge. Fast-paced, informative and written with dry wit, this is a story of two remarkable women, undeterred in their spirit of adventure, who overcame insuperable odds to claim a place in history.

Greek Gold From Hellenistic Egypt (Paperback): Michael Pfrommer Greek Gold From Hellenistic Egypt (Paperback)
Michael Pfrommer
R505 Discovery Miles 5 050 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the Hellenistic period, the Greek world enjoyed great prosperity after Alexander the Great's conquest of the Persian Empire made vast resources of gold available for the first time. The various royal courts of Alexander's successors, including the Ptolemies in Egypt, comprised a wealthy clientele with a taste for luxury.
The group of gold jewelry discussed here-including earrings, finger rings, bracelets, beads, and a hairnet-consists of seventeen spectacular pieces from the Getty Museum. The author takes us on a journey through three centuries, beginning about B.C. 350, from the empire-building Alexander to the beguilingly ambitious Kleopatra VII. This sweep through the turbulent history of the eastern Mediterranean gives a picture of the Greek-Egyptian blending of religion and art. The author demonstrates how the symbolism of dynastic power plays a central role in the interpretation of each object and in understanding the assemblage as a whole. Discussing their style, iconography, and craftsmanship, he convincingly places the jewelry in late third-century-B.C. Ptolemaic Egypt and argues for the original owner's royal connections.

Pyramids, Temples & Tombs of Ancient Egypt - An illustrated atlas of the lands of the pharoahs (Paperback): Lorna Oakes Pyramids, Temples & Tombs of Ancient Egypt - An illustrated atlas of the lands of the pharoahs (Paperback)
Lorna Oakes
R216 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R44 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
From 'LUGAL.GAL' TO 'Wanax' - Kingship and Political Organisation in the Late Bronze Age Aegean... From 'LUGAL.GAL' TO 'Wanax' - Kingship and Political Organisation in the Late Bronze Age Aegean (Hardcover)
Dr. Jorrit Kelder, Willemijn Ji Waal
R2,447 Discovery Miles 24 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
West that Was (Hardcover): John E. Eggen West that Was (Hardcover)
John E. Eggen
R859 R690 Discovery Miles 6 900 Save R169 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Much of early Americana has been destroyed and lost forever. But occasionally, and almost miraculously, some parts of its survive. So it is with the photographs in this book. Saved from an ignominious end in the city dump, they chronicle and enliven the cowboy's life on the range. The result is a beautiful volume of real-life images of western cattlemen. These unretouched photographs taken from the original 5" x 7" negatives give an unprecedented look at life on the ranch and trail. We are presented with real people seen on the job. We see the costumes, the work, the everyday necessities of the range. And as the cowboys stare back at the camera or work with one another, the reader will get the sense of knowing them and their way of living. This is an important volume of history that every student of the Old West will cherish.

La stele de Ptolemee VIII Evergete II a Heracleion (Hardcover): Christophe Thiers La stele de Ptolemee VIII Evergete II a Heracleion (Hardcover)
Christophe Thiers
R1,126 R945 Discovery Miles 9 450 Save R181 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This monograph presents a translation, commentary and interpretation of the bilingual monumental Stele of Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II, which stood in the temple district of Heracleion-Thonis in the north-western Nile Delta of Egypt. The six metre high stele was erected sometime between either 141/140 and 131 or 124 and 116 BC and was discovered during the excavations of the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology. Unfortunately immersion in the sea has damaged the surface of the stele and little of the Greek text can be made out. Nevertheless much of the hieroglyphic portion of the document can be read and interpreted. It is laid out in traditional style complete with a royal protocol and eulogy and contains information about the local affairs of the priests of Heracleion.

Discovering Babylon (Hardcover): Rannfrid Thelle Discovering Babylon (Hardcover)
Rannfrid Thelle
R3,087 Discovery Miles 30 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume presents Babylon as it has been passed down through Western culture: through the Bible, classical texts, in Medieval travel accounts, and through depictions of the Tower motif in art. It then details the discovery of the material culture remains of Babylon from the middle of the 19th century and through the great excavation of 1899-1917, and focuses on the encounter between the Babylon of tradition and the Babylon unearthed by the archaeologists. This book is unique in its multi-disciplinary approach, combining expertise in biblical studies and Assyriology with perspectives on history, art history, intellectual history, reception studies and contemporary issues.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead (Paperback): John Romer The Egyptian Book of the Dead (Paperback)
John Romer
R529 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R110 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Book of the Dead is a unique collection of funerary texts from a wide variety of sources, dating from the fifteenth to the fourth century BC. Consisting of spells, prayers and incantations, each section contains the words of power to overcome obstacles in the afterlife. The papyruses were often left in sarcophagi for the dead to use as passports on their journey from burial, and were full of advice about the ferrymen, gods and kings they would meet on the way. Offering valuable insights into ancient Egypt, The Book of the Dead has also inspired fascination with the occult and the afterlife in recent years.

Geoarchaeology - Underwater Archaeology in the Canopic region in Egypt (Hardcover): Jean-Daniel Stanley Geoarchaeology - Underwater Archaeology in the Canopic region in Egypt (Hardcover)
Jean-Daniel Stanley
R1,387 R1,148 Discovery Miles 11 480 Save R239 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume presents the geoarchaeological analysis of the Akboukir Bay by the Smithsonian Institute. This study outlines the reasons for the submergence of the ancient coast line through detailed analysis of geological core samples.

Topography and Excavation of Heracleion-Thonis and East Canopus (1996-2006) - Underwater Archaeology in the Canopic region in... Topography and Excavation of Heracleion-Thonis and East Canopus (1996-2006) - Underwater Archaeology in the Canopic region in Egypt (Hardcover)
Franck Goddio
R1,443 R1,193 Discovery Miles 11 930 Save R250 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book presents the first topographic outline of the city of Heracleion and the nearby Ptolemaic and Byzantine sites, all currently being excavated underwater in the Bay of Aboukir. This volume is the product of ten years of survey and excavation.

Sur les pas de l'ane dans la religion egyptienne (English, French, Paperback): Marie Vandenbeusch Sur les pas de l'ane dans la religion egyptienne (English, French, Paperback)
Marie Vandenbeusch
R1,799 R1,683 Discovery Miles 16 830 Save R116 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Bridging Times and Spaces: Papers in Ancient Near Eastern, Mediterranean and Armenian Studies - Honouring Gregory E. Areshian... Bridging Times and Spaces: Papers in Ancient Near Eastern, Mediterranean and Armenian Studies - Honouring Gregory E. Areshian on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday (Paperback)
Pavel S. Avetisyan, Yervand H. Grekyan
R1,826 R1,665 Discovery Miles 16 650 Save R161 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bridging Times and Spaces is composed of papers written by colleagues of Professor Gregory E. Areshian on the occasion his 65th birthday reflecting the breadth and diversity of his scholarly contributions. The range of presented papers covers topics in Near Eastern, Mediterranean and Armenian archaeology, theory of interpretation in archaeology and art history, interdisciplinary history, historical linguistics, art history, and comparative mythology. The volume opens with an extensive interview given by Gregory Areshian, in which Gregory outlines the pathways of his academic career, archaeological discoveries, different intellectual quests, and the organic connections between research questions that he explored across different social sciences and the humanities, stressing the importance of periodizations in interdisciplinary history as well as his views on holism and interdisciplinary studies.

The Ancient Art of Transformation - Case Studies from Mediterranean Contexts (Paperback): Renee M. Gondek, Carrie L Sulosky... The Ancient Art of Transformation - Case Studies from Mediterranean Contexts (Paperback)
Renee M. Gondek, Carrie L Sulosky Weaver
R1,046 R877 Discovery Miles 8 770 Save R169 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Ancient Art of Transformation: Case Studies from Mediterranean Contexts examines instances of human transformation in the ancient and early Christian Mediterranean world by exploring the ways in which art impacts, aids, or provides evidence for physical, spiritual, personal, and social transitions. Building on Arnold van Gennep's notion of universal rites of passage, papers in this volume expand the definition of "transformation" to include widespread transitions such as shifts in political establishments and changes in cultural identity. In considering these broadly defined "passages," authors have observed particular changes in the visual record, whether they be manifest, enigmatic, or symbolic. While several papers address transitions that are incomplete, resulting in intermediary, hybrid states, others suggest that the medium itself can be integral to interpreting a transition, and in some cases, be itself transformed. Together, the volume covers not only a broad chronological span (c. 5th century BC to 4th century AD), but also an expansive geographical range (Egypt, Greece, and Italy). Reflecting upon issues central to a variety of Mediterranean cultures (Egyptians, Etruscans, Greeks, Romans, and early Christians), The Ancient Art of Transformation documents how personal, societal, and historical changes become permanently fixed in the material record. The Ancient Art of Transformation examines the visual manifestation of human transformation in the ancient and early medieval Mediterranean world, exploring the role of art and visual culture in enabling, hindering, or documenting physical, spiritual, personal, and social transitions such as pregnancy and birth, initiations, marriage, death and funerals. The definition of "transformation" is also expanded to address instances of less personal and more widespread transitions such as shifts in political establishments and changes in cultural identity in geographic locations. Additionally, although the ancient material record documents certain rites of passage such as marriage and death extensively, artifacts and their accompanying images are often studied simply to reconstruct these social processes. Authors here suggest that material evidence itself can be integral to interpreting a transition, and in some cases, be itself transformed. Further, several papers address transitions that are incomplete, resulting in intermediary, hybrid states that are very often reflected in the visual record such as Athenian vase-painting imagery forecasting the bride as a mother, displays of nudity that reflect intermediate life stages in Etruscan art and Octavian's visual transformation into Pharaoh and Augustus in Egyptian architecture and material culture. At its core the volume establishes current methods for understanding how ancient visual culture shaped, informed, and was affected by processes of transformation. Together, these papers offer a close examination of various types of visual evidence from several cultures and periods (e.g., Etruscan, Greek, Roman, early Christian), and document how personal, societal, historical changes become permanently fixed in the material record.

The Politics of the Past: The Representation of the Ancient Empires by Iran's Modern States (Paperback): Maryam... The Politics of the Past: The Representation of the Ancient Empires by Iran's Modern States (Paperback)
Maryam Dezhamkhooy, Leila Papoli Yazdi; Illustrated by Ali Roustaeeyanfard
R878 R822 Discovery Miles 8 220 Save R56 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Politics of the past: The Representation of the Ancient Empires by Iran's Modern States' examines the highly problematic politics of the past surrounding the archaeology of ancient empires in Iran. Being indigenous, the authors regard the relations between archaeological remains, (negative) heritage, and modern strategies of suppression. The chapters provide a detailed analysis of how the practice of archaeology could be biased and ideologically charged. Discussing their own personal and professional experiences, the authors exemplify the real (ethical) dilemmas that archaeologists confront in the Middle East, calling for reflectivity and awareness among the archaeologists of the region. The text is accompanied by visual deconstruction of ancient rock reliefs to indicate the possibility of alternative histories.

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