Narrative and Christian Heroism in Late Antique Iraq
Author: Joel Walker
Publisher: Univ of California Press
This pioneering study uses an early seventh-century Christian martyr legend to elucidate the culture and society of late antique Iraq. Translated from Syriac into English here for the first time, the legend of Mar Qardagh introduces a hero of epic proportions whose characteristics confound simple classification. During the several stages of his career, Mar Qardagh hunts like a Persian King, argues like a Greek philosopher, and renounces his Zoroastrian family to live with monks high in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan. Drawing on both literary and artistic sources, Joel Walker explores the convergence of these diverse themes in the Christian culture of the Sasanian Empire (224-642). Taking the Qardagh legend as its foundation, his study guides readers through the rich and complex world of late antique Iraq.
More than 400 distinguished scholars, including archaeologists, art historians, historians, epigraphers, and theologians, have written the 1,455 entries in this monumental encyclopedia--the first comprehensive reference work of its kind. From Aachen to Zurzach, Paul Corby Finney's three-volume masterwork draws on archaeological and epigraphic evidence to offer readers a basic orientation to early Christian architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaic, and portable artifacts created roughly between AD 200 and 600 in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Clear, comprehensive, and richly illustrated, this work will be an essential resource for all those interested in late antique and early Christian art, archaeology, and history. -- Provided by publisher.
This volume presents editions of fifty-five Jewish Babylonian Aramaic magic bowls from the Schøyen Collection, with accompanying introductions, translations, philological notes, photographs and indices. The themes covered are magical seals and signet-rings.
Ancient Gems and Finger Rings catalogues the J. Paul Getty Museum's comprehensive and important collection of Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Near Eastern gems. Most of these objects have never before been published, making this catalogue essential for the scholar. The volume is fully and richly illustrated—each entry includes photographs of the gem and its impression as well as a profile drawing. Where pertinent, bibliographic references and comparative material are cited.
Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests examines the impact of the Persian Sasanian context on the Babylonian Talmud, perhaps the most important corpus in the Jewish sacred canon. What impact did the Persian Zoroastrian Empire, as both a real historical force and an imaginary interlocutor, have on rabbinic identity and authority as expressed in the Talmud? Drawing from the field of comparative religion, Jason Sion Mokhtarian addresses this question by bringing into mutual fruition Talmudic studies and ancient Iranology, two historically distinct disciplines. Whereas most research on the Talmud assumes that the rabbis were an insular group isolated from the cultural horizon outside their academies, this book contextualizes the rabbis and the Talmud within a broader sociocultural orbit by drawing from a wide range of sources from Sasanian Iran, including Middle Persian Zoroastrian literature, archaeological data such as seals and inscriptions, and the Aramaic magical bowl spells. Mokhtarian also includes a detailed examination of the Talmud's dozens of texts that portray three Persian "others": the Persians, the Sasanian kings, and the Zoroastrian priests. This book skillfully engages and demonstrates the rich penetration of Persian imperial society and culture on the Jews of late antique Iran.
Most of the Sasanian seals published in this catalogue have been in the Saeedi family collection for several decades. The collection, however, has continued to grow since this publication was conceived, with more seals being added to it as the opportunity arose. The 131 seals included here are only a small part of the collection, and the sample applies to the clay sealings covered in this work. Where more than one sealing bears the same impression, we have contented ourselves with reproducing one well-preserved specimen, or, where necessary, two less well-preserved ones. This work, therefore, does not include all the sealings cited in my previous work on administrative seals. A concordance between those cited in that work and those published here is instead provided. Comprising as it does some 463 clay sealings, at least half of which bear the seals of administrative bodies or high-ranking dignitaries, this collection is the richest ever to have been published.
In this impressive collection honouring the German scholar of Islamic art Jens Kröger on his 65th birthday, Avinoam Shalem and Annette Hagedorn bring together twenty-five contributions from a highly distinguished group of experts on Islamic art and specialists of central and south Asian art. Unpublished artefacts and new interpretations are presented in this book.
gesammelte Schriften zur Ärchäologie und Geschichte Altvorderasiens ; ad honorem Hartmut Kühne
Author: Hartmut Kühne
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
Mit der Festschrift zum 65. Geburtstag wird mit Hartmut Kuhne ein Wissenschaftler geehrt, der durch seine langjahrige Lehr- und Ausgrabungstatigkeit zahlreiche Schuler im In- und Ausland hervorgebracht und sich grosse Verdienste um die Archaologie Syriens, aber auch Anatoliens erworben hat.Die von renommierten Archaologen und Philologen verfassten Beitrage zu den "Fundstellen" tragen dieser Lebensleistung Rechnung. Der chronologische Rahmen reicht vom Neolithikum Westsyriens (K. Bartl) und Sudwestanatoliens (E. Abay) bis zur Romanisierung Ostsyriens(A. Oettel) und der spatantiken Besiedlung des Tell Feheriye (N. Ritter). Einen Schwerpunkt bildet die mittel- und neuassyrische bzw. spathethitische Zeit. Dabei werden bau- und kunstgeschichtliche Fragen zur Architektur von Hama (P. Matthiae), Karkamis (M. Pucci), Tall Seh Hamad (A. Kose) und Kar Tukulti-Ninurta (A. Gilibert) ebenso thematisiert wie die Bestattungssitten in Tell Sabi Abyad (P. Akkermans/ E. Smits), Tall Knedig (S. Kulemann-Ossen/L. Martin) und Dur Katlimmu (J. Kreppner). W. Rollig, K. Radner und E. Cancik-Kirschbaum betrachten diesen Zeitraum aus historischem Blickwinkel. R. Bernbeck widmet sich in seinem Beitrag der historisch verzerrten Gestalt der Semiramis. D. Bonatz betrachtet "Bartlosigkeit in Assyrien" aus kulturanthropologischer Sicht. G. Bunnens beschaftigt sich mit der "damnatio memoriae" in den Wandmalereien von Til Barsib. V. Haas wirft am Beispiel des urartaischen Urzana-Siegels Licht auf die Forschungsgeschichte der altorientalischen Glyptik.