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Iconoclasm and text destruction in the ancient Near East and beyond / edited by Natalie Naomi May ; with contributions by Angelika Berlejung, Betsy M. Bryan, Robin Cormack, Petra Goedegebuure, Eleanor Guralnick, Victor A. Hurowitz, Silke Knippschild, Nathaniel B. Levtow, Natalie N. May, W.J.T. Mitchell, Seth Richardson, Robert K. Ritner, Hanspeter Schaudig, JoAnn Scurlock, Claudia E. Suter, Lee Palmer Wandel, Joan G. Westenholz, and Christopher Woods.

Contributor(s): Guralnick, Eleanor | May, Natalie N. (Natalie Naomi)
Series: Oriental Institute seminars ; no. 8Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, [2012]Description: xv, 528 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9781885923905 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1885923902 (pbk. : alk. paper)ISSN: 1559-2944Subject(s): Manuscripts -- Mutilation, defacement, etc. -- Middle East | Art -- Mutilation, defacement, etc. -- Middle East | Iconoclasm -- Middle East | Iconoclasm -- Egypt -- History | Middle East -- AntiquitiesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Iconoclasm and text destruction in the ancient Near East and beyondLOC classification: DS56 | .I26 2012Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Preface --1. Iconoclasm and text Destruction in the ancient Near East / Natalie N. May -- Section one: "Iconoclasm begins at Sumer" and Akkad -- 2. Mutilation of image and text in early Sumerian sources / Christopher Woods -- 3. Gudea of Lagash: Iconoclasm or tooth of time? / Claudia E. Suter -- 4. Damnatio Memoriae: the old Akkadian evidence for destruction of name and destruction of person / Joan G. Wetenholz -- Section two: Iconoclasm as an instrument of politics -- 5. Death of statues and rebirth of gods / Hanspeter Schaudig -- 6. Shared fates: Gaza and Ekron as examples for the Assyrian religious policy in the West / Angelika Berlejung -- 7. Getting smashed at the victory celebration, or what happened to Esarhaddon's so-called Vassal treaties and why / JoAnn Scurlock -- Section three: how the images die and why? -- 8. Ali-talīmu -- what can be learned from the destruction of figurative complexes? / Natalie N. May -- 9. The hypercoherent Icon: knowledge, rationalization, and disenchantment at Ninevah / Seth Richardson -- Section four: Iconoclasm and the Bible -- 10. What can go wrong with an idol? / Victor A. Hurowitz -- 11. Text destruction and Iconoclasm in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East / Nathaniel B. Levtow -- Section five: beyond Mesopotamia -- 12. Episodes of Iconoclasm in the Egyptian new kingdom / Betsy M. Bryan -- 13. Killing the image, killing the essence: the destruction of text and figures in Ancient Egyptian thought, ritual, and 'ritualized history' / Robert K. Ritner -- 14. Hittite Iconoclasm: disconnecting the Icon, disempowering the referent / Peter M. Goedegebuure -- Section six: classical antiquity and Byzantium -- 15. Performing the frontier: the abduction and destruction of religious and political signifiers in Graeco-Persian conflicts / Silke Knippschild -- 16. Looking for Iconophonbia and Iconoclasm in late antiquity and Byzantium / Robin Cormack -- Section seven: Reformation and modernity -- 17. Idolatry and Iconoclasm: alien religions and Reformation / Lee Palmer Wandel -- 18. Idolatry: Nietzsche, Blake, Poussin / W.J.T. Mitchell / 19. A partially re-cut relief from Khorsabad / Eleanor Guralnick.
Summary: The eighth in the Oriental Institute Seminar Series, this volume contains papers that emerged from the seminar Iconoclasm and Text Destruction in the Ancient Near East and Beyond, held at the Oriental Institute April 8-9, 2011. The purpose of the conference was to analyze the cases of and reasons for mutilation of texts and images in Near Eastern antiquity. Destruction of images and texts has a universal character; it is inherent in various societies and periods of human history. Together with the mutilation of human beings, it was a widespread and highly significant phenomenon in the ancient Near East. However, the goals meant to be realized by this process differed from those aimed at in other cultures. For example, iconoclasm of the French and Russian revolutions, as well as the Post-Soviet iconoclasm, did not have any religious purposes. Moreover, modern comprehension of iconoclasm is strongly influenced by its conception during the Reformation. This volume explores iconoclasm and text destruction in ancient Near Eastern antiquity through examination of the anthropological, cultural, historical, and political aspects of these practices. Broad interdisciplinary comparison with similar phenomena in the other cultures and periods contribute to better understanding them. -- from http://www.alibris.com/search/books/isbn/9781885923905.
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"The Oriental Institute dedicates this volume to the memory of Eleanor Guralnick, 1929-2012."

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Preface --1. Iconoclasm and text Destruction in the ancient Near East / Natalie N. May -- Section one: "Iconoclasm begins at Sumer" and Akkad -- 2. Mutilation of image and text in early Sumerian sources / Christopher Woods -- 3. Gudea of Lagash: Iconoclasm or tooth of time? / Claudia E. Suter -- 4. Damnatio Memoriae: the old Akkadian evidence for destruction of name and destruction of person / Joan G. Wetenholz -- Section two: Iconoclasm as an instrument of politics -- 5. Death of statues and rebirth of gods / Hanspeter Schaudig -- 6. Shared fates: Gaza and Ekron as examples for the Assyrian religious policy in the West / Angelika Berlejung -- 7. Getting smashed at the victory celebration, or what happened to Esarhaddon's so-called Vassal treaties and why / JoAnn Scurlock -- Section three: how the images die and why? -- 8. Ali-talīmu -- what can be learned from the destruction of figurative complexes? / Natalie N. May -- 9. The hypercoherent Icon: knowledge, rationalization, and disenchantment at Ninevah / Seth Richardson -- Section four: Iconoclasm and the Bible -- 10. What can go wrong with an idol? / Victor A. Hurowitz -- 11. Text destruction and Iconoclasm in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East / Nathaniel B. Levtow -- Section five: beyond Mesopotamia -- 12. Episodes of Iconoclasm in the Egyptian new kingdom / Betsy M. Bryan -- 13. Killing the image, killing the essence: the destruction of text and figures in Ancient Egyptian thought, ritual, and 'ritualized history' / Robert K. Ritner -- 14. Hittite Iconoclasm: disconnecting the Icon, disempowering the referent / Peter M. Goedegebuure -- Section six: classical antiquity and Byzantium -- 15. Performing the frontier: the abduction and destruction of religious and political signifiers in Graeco-Persian conflicts / Silke Knippschild -- 16. Looking for Iconophonbia and Iconoclasm in late antiquity and Byzantium / Robin Cormack -- Section seven: Reformation and modernity -- 17. Idolatry and Iconoclasm: alien religions and Reformation / Lee Palmer Wandel -- 18. Idolatry: Nietzsche, Blake, Poussin / W.J.T. Mitchell / 19. A partially re-cut relief from Khorsabad / Eleanor Guralnick.

The eighth in the Oriental Institute Seminar Series, this volume contains papers that emerged from the seminar Iconoclasm and Text Destruction in the Ancient Near East and Beyond, held at the Oriental Institute April 8-9, 2011. The purpose of the conference was to analyze the cases of and reasons for mutilation of texts and images in Near Eastern antiquity. Destruction of images and texts has a universal character; it is inherent in various societies and periods of human history. Together with the mutilation of human beings, it was a widespread and highly significant phenomenon in the ancient Near East. However, the goals meant to be realized by this process differed from those aimed at in other cultures. For example, iconoclasm of the French and Russian revolutions, as well as the Post-Soviet iconoclasm, did not have any religious purposes. Moreover, modern comprehension of iconoclasm is strongly influenced by its conception during the Reformation. This volume explores iconoclasm and text destruction in ancient Near Eastern antiquity through examination of the anthropological, cultural, historical, and political aspects of these practices. Broad interdisciplinary comparison with similar phenomena in the other cultures and periods contribute to better understanding them. -- from http://www.alibris.com/search/books/isbn/9781885923905.

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