Luxury and Legitimation: Royal Collecting in Ancient Mesopotamia, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Luxury and Legitimation

Royal Collecting in Ancient Mesopotamia, 1st Edition

By Allison Karmel Thomason


272 pages

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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.


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

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.

About the Author

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

About the Series

Perspectives on Collecting

Perspectives on Collecting
Contrary to general traditional belief, the origins of collecting, as a systematic activity that refers to the satisfaction of symbolic rather than actual needs, was not an invention of the Renaissance. Collecting made its first appearance in European prehistory, was a subject of interest and debate for the ancient Greeks and Romans, and has been present continuously ever since. The books in this series are intended to discuss the phenomena of collecting from ancient times to the modern day. They seek to cast light, not only on the types objects that have been collected, but also on how such objects were acquired, and the political, social and personal motivations for creating collections.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General