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'He who saw the Deep': History as ritual in the material world of Mesopotamia

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In many respects the Mesopotamian view of the universe had no room for history as a concept. Yet there was an acknowledged sense of deep time, made evident through inscribed and sculpted objects created by kings to inform posterity of their achievements. Such texts and images were fashioned from materials that ensured they existed beyond the lives of their creators. In this way rulers aligned themselves with future kings, who would uncover and even curate these works, but also, and perhaps mo...

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10.1558/equinox.33719

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Gardens, Libraries and Museums
Department:
Ashmolean Museum
Oxford college:
Jesus College

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Publisher:
Equinox Publishing Ltd Publisher's website
Pages:
39-54
Host title:
Historical Consciousness and the Use of the Past in the Ancient World
Publication date:
2019-06-10
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Pubs id:
pubs:965716
URN:
uri:5c9db482-f87a-4c76-afb5-87e3fc4158b0
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uuid:5c9db482-f87a-4c76-afb5-87e3fc4158b0
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pubs:965716
ISBN-10:
1781796564
ISBN-13:
9781781796566

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