1st Edition

Luxury and Legitimation
Royal Collecting in Ancient Mesopotamia

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ISBN 9780754602385
Published October 28, 2005 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Utilizing a variety of ancient sources, including cuneiform texts, images and archaeological finds, Luxury and Legitimation explores how the collecting of luxury objects contributed to the formation of royal identity in one of the world's oldest civilizations, ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). Allison Thomason makes a significant and timely contribution to the subjects of collecting and material culture studies by bringing a new understanding to the political, cultural and social institutions of an important pre-Classical, non-Western civilization.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Theoretical underpinnings: towards a definition of collecting; Introduction to Mesopotamian society; Mesopotamian collecting in the third millennium b.c.e.; Mesopotamian collecting in the second millennium b.c.e.; Mesopotamian collecting in the first millennium b.c.e.; Conclusion; Appendix: Chronology of Mesopotania; Bibliography; Index.

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Allison Karmel Thomason is Associate Professor of History at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, USA.


’...this interdisciplinary study is to be welcomed for its methodological insights and fresh perspective.’ Antiquity