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

For nearly 3 thousand years, Egypt and Mesopotamia have been each one governed through the only sacred workplace of kingship. even though geographically close to, those historic civilizations have been culturally certain, and students have traditionally contrasted their respective conceptualizations of the last word authority, imagining Egyptian kings as invested with cosmic energy and Mesopotamian kings as basically political leaders. actually, either kingdoms trusted non secular beliefs and political assets to valid and workout their authority. Cross-cultural comparability finds the delicate and sundry recommendations that historic kings used to unify and govern their becoming kingdoms.

Experiencing energy, producing Authority attracts on wealthy fabric files left in the back of by way of either kingdoms, from royal monuments and icons to the written deeds and commissions of kings. 13 essays provocatively juxtapose the relationships Egyptian and Mesopotamian kings had with their gods and non secular mediators, in addition to their matters and courtroom officers. additionally they discover the ideological value of panorama in every one state, because the traditional and outfitted surroundings stimulated the economic climate, safety, and cosmology of those lands. The interaction of faith, politics, and territory is dramatized by way of the standard info of economic system, exchange, and governance, in addition to the social crises of struggle or the dying of a king. Reexamining validated notions of cosmic and political rule, Experiencing energy, producing Authority demanding situations and deepens scholarly ways to rulership within the historical global.

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The chapters draw together a number of the many dichotomies that underpin this volume: Egypt and Mesopotamia as distinct civilizations; cosmos and politics as alternative stimuli for royal actions; the experience of power and the generation of authority as subtly different processes contextualizing kingship. Frankfort structured Kingship and the Gods around the differences in physical landscape between Egypt and Mesopotamia. In focusing on the human reaction to and cultural appropriation of landscape, our contributors highlight similarities between the two civilizations.

Attinger, W. Sallaberger, and M. Wäffler, pp. 25–480. OBO 160/4. Fribourg: Academic Press. D. 1982. Religion and the Rise of Mesoamerican States. In The Transition to Statehood in the New World, ed. D. R. Kautz, pp. 157–71. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Davis, W. 1992. Masking the Blow: The Scene of Representation in Late Prehistoric Egyptian Art. Berkeley: University of California Press. de Heusch, L. 1997.  Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 3:213–32. Emery, W. B.  Archaic Egypt.

Rather, after each paper was briefly summarized by its author, an intense and extended critique followed that allowed for sustained consideration of the contribution that both the data and the argument made to the larger questions. The discussions of individual papers were followed by a day discussing crosscutting issues and concluded with an overarching synthesis of ideas. Experiencing Power, Generating Authority is the edited proceedings of a conference of the same name held in the fall of 2007.

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