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The relaxation slabs that embellished the palaces of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, which emphasised army conquest and royal prowess, have often been understood as statements of imperial propaganda that glorified the Assyrian king. during this e-book, Mehmet-Ali Ataç argues that the reliefs carry a deeper that means that used to be addressed basically 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 photos masks a posh philosophical rhetoric built through courtroom students in collaboration with grasp craftsmen who have been accountable for their layout and execution. Ataç argues that the layers of which means embedded within the Neo-Assyrian palace reliefs pass deeper than politics, imperial propaganda, and simple old checklist.

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