The theme of violence is largely represented in the visual media of ancient Mesopotamia and Syria, from ancient times (fourth millennium BCE) up to the periods of the great empires of Assyria and Babylonia in the first millennium CE. Violent scenes, mostly related to war, principally show the punishment and killing of enemies according to recurrent visual topoi – such as beheading, beating, impalement, blinding, cutting and amputation of limbs – on different media, from cylinder seals to inlays and larger reliefs. This chapter seeks to point out the differing nature of the visual documents and contexts where scenes of violence on monuments and pictures were eventually shown, displayed and thus perceived, and will analyse the representation of violence accordingly, taking into consideration the use of violence within the religious and political spheres and pointing to cultural differences across time as a reflection of the political system. Mesopotamia, Syria, ritual, sacred violence, warfare, prisoners of war, rituals of war, visual narrative, visibility, audience
Representations of violence in Ancient Mesopotamia and Syria / Nadali, Davide. - (2020), pp. 629-653.
|Titolo:||Representations of violence in Ancient Mesopotamia and Syria|
NADALI, Davide [Writing – Original Draft Preparation] (Corresponding author)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Citazione:||Representations of violence in Ancient Mesopotamia and Syria / Nadali, Davide. - (2020), pp. 629-653.|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||02a Capitolo o Articolo|