Experiencing Power, Generating Authority

Experiencing Power, Generating Authority offers a cross-cultural comparison of the cosmic ideology and political structure of kingship in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Experiencing Power, Generating Authority
Cosmos, Politics, and the Ideology of Kingship in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia

Edited by Jane A. Hill, Philip Jones, and Antonio J. Morales

2013 | 480 pages | Cloth $69.95
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Glossary

Introduction. Comparing Kingship in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia: Cosmos, Politics, and Landscape
—Jane A. Hill, Philip Jones, and Antonio J. Morales

I. COSMOS
Chapter 1. Propaganda and Performance at the Dawn of the State
—Ellen Morris
Chapter 2. "I am the Sun of Babylon": Solar aspects of royal power in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
—Dominque Charpin
Chapter 3. Rising Suns and Falling Stars: Assyrian Kings and the Cosmos
—Eckart Frahm
Chapter 4. Texts before Writing: Reading (Proto-)Egyptian Poetics of Power
—Ludwig D. Morenz
Chapter 5. Images of Tammuz: The Intersection of Death, Divinity, and Royal Authority in Ancient Mesopotamia
—JoAnn Scurlock

II. POLITICS
Chapter 6. Building the Pharaonic state: Territory, Elite and Power in Ancient Egypt in the Third millennium BCE
—Juan Carlos Moreno García
Chapter 7. The Management of the Royal Treasure: Palace Archives and Palatial Economy in the Ancient Near East
—Walther Sallaberger
Chapter 8. Egyptian Kingship During the Old Kingdom
—Miroslav Bárta
Chapter 9. All The King's Men: Authority, Kingship, and The Rise	of the Elites in Assyria
—Beate Pongratz-Leisten
Chapter 10. Kingship as Racketeering: The Royal Tombs and Death Pits at Ur, Mesopotamia, Reinterpreted from the Standpoint of Conflict Theory
—D. Bruce Dickson

III. LANDSCAPE
Chapter 11. Mesopotamian Kings and the Built Environment
—Michael Roaf
Chapter 12. Expeditions to the Wadi Hammamat: Context and Concept
—Alan B. Lloyd
Chapter 13. "Imaginal" Landscapes in Assyrian Imperial Monuments
—Mehmet-Ali Ataç

APPENDICES
1. Chronological Table for Egyptian and Mesopotamian Cultures
2. Map of Major Egyptian Sites
3. Map of Major Mesopotamian Sites

Index
List of Contributors