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Representations of Political Power

Case Histories from Times of Change and Dissolving Order in the Ancient Near East

Edited by Marian Feldman and Marlies Heinz

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Representations of Political Power

Case Histories from Times of Change and Dissolving Order in the Ancient Near East

Edited by Marian Feldman and Marlies Heinz

"Representation of political power seems to have been necessary at all times in all complex urban societies. To secure order—to construct a certain social, ideological, religious, economic, and cultural stability—seems to be one of the main intentions of representation. When order breaks down or is threatened, political power comes under threat and the cohesion of the community is also in jeopardy. In times of impending change, crisis, or disorder, special effort is required to reassure the community of the rulers ability to maintain stability. What those in power did to convince the affected communities of their qualities as rulers, that is, their representational strategies — especially in times of change — is the subject of this book, explored through examination of case studies drawn from the ancient Near East. The volume is divided into three thematic parts: ""Reestablishment of Order after Major Disruption,"" ""Changing Order from Within,"" and ""Perceptions of a New Order."" "

 

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"Representation of political power seems to have been necessary at all times in all complex urban societies. To secure order—to construct a certain social, ideological, religious, economic, and cultural stability—seems to be one of the main intentions of representation. When order breaks down or is threatened, political power comes under threat and the cohesion of the community is also in jeopardy. In times of impending change, crisis, or disorder, special effort is required to reassure the community of the rulers ability to maintain stability. What those in power did to convince the affected communities of their qualities as rulers, that is, their representational strategies — especially in times of change — is the subject of this book, explored through examination of case studies drawn from the ancient Near East. The volume is divided into three thematic parts: ""Reestablishment of Order after Major Disruption,"" ""Changing Order from Within,"" and ""Perceptions of a New Order."" "

Introduction: Representation–Tradition–Religion

Marlies Heinz and Marian H. Feldman

Part I: Reestablishment of Order after Major Disruption

Emar and the Transition from Hurrian to Hittite Power Regine Pruzsinszky

Frescoes, Exotica, and the Reinvention of the Northern Levantine Kingdoms during the Second Millennium b.c.e. Marian H. Feldman

Sargon of Akkad: Rebel and Usurper in Kish Marlies Heinz

Part II: Changing Order from Within

The Royal Cemetery of Ur: Ritual, Tradition, and the Creation of Subjects Susan Pollock

The Divine Image of the King: Religious Representation of Political Power in the Hittite Empire Dominik Bonatz

Nabonidus the Mad King: A Reconsideration of His Steles from Harran and Babylon Paul-Alain Beaulieu

Part III: Perceptions of a New Order

Cyrus the Great of Persia: Images and Realities Amelie Kuhrt

The Migration and Sedentarization of the Amorites from the Point of View of the Settled Babylonian Population Brit Jahn

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