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Philistine Iconography: A Wealth of Style and Symbolism

  title={Philistine Iconography: A Wealth of Style and Symbolism},
  author={D. Ben‐Shlomo},
The Philistines were immigrants from the Aegean region and Cyprus who arrived at the southern coast of Palestine/Israel during the 12th century BCE. They created a distinct material culture in this region during the Iron Age (ca. 1,200-600 BCE). This book presents and discusses the corpus of iconographic representations attested within the Philistine culture. The assemblage studied includes objects in various media: decoration on pottery, figurative pottery, figurines, ivory carving, glyptics… Expand
Summary. Recent discussion of the formation and alteration of Philistine identity in the Levantine Iron Age continues to reference primarily pottery styles and dietary practices. Such traditionalExpand
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‘The Inhabitants of Philistia’: On the identity of the Iron I settlers in the periphery of the Philistine heartland*
  • A. Faust
  • History
  • Palestine Exploration Quarterly
  • 2019
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  • History
  • Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
  • 1995
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  • History
  • Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
  • 1998
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  • History
  • Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
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