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The comfort slabs that adorned the palaces of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, which emphasised army conquest and royal prowess, have ordinarily been understood as statements of imperial propaganda that glorified the Assyrian king. during this ebook, Mehmet-Ali Ataç argues that the reliefs carry a deeper that means that was once addressed essentially to an inner viewers composed of court docket students and grasp craftsmen. Ataç specializes in representations of animals, depictions of the king as priest and warrior, and figures of mythological beings that evoke an archaic cosmos. He demonstrates that those photographs masks a fancy philosophical rhetoric built by means of court docket students in collaboration with grasp craftsmen who have been liable for their layout and execution. Ataç argues that the layers of that means embedded within the Neo-Assyrian palace reliefs move deeper than politics, imperial propaganda, and easy ancient checklist.

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