Corpses, Cannibals, and Commensality: A Literary and Artistic Shaming Convention in the Ancient Near East

@article{Noegel2016CorpsesCA,
  title={Corpses, Cannibals, and Commensality: A Literary and Artistic Shaming Convention in the Ancient Near East},
  author={Scott B. Noegel},
  journal={Journal of Religion and Violence},
  year={2016},
  volume={4},
  pages={255-303}
}
In this contribution, I examine several ancient Near Eastern literary texts and artistic variations on the “banquet motif” in which one finds people dining while others die. I argue that these depictions constitute a hitherto unrecognized artistic device rooted in social protocol that represents an inversion of the custom of abstinence during mourning. It thus functions to underscore the contempt of those dining for the dying by depicting their deaths as unworthy of lament. In addition, the… Expand
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