author={Bradley James Parker},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Research},
  pages={357 - 386}
  • B. Parker
  • Published 1 October 2011
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
The institution of kingship is such an important component of ancient societies as to be considered nearly universal by many scholars. In spite of this, discussions of kingship, especially in the ancient Near East, are surprisingly rare in the scholarly literature. Furthermore, the nature of the data pertaining to the Neo-Assyrian Empire, which includes a vast textual corpus and rich archaeological remains, means that this data set is often difficult for non-specialists to access. The goal of… 
Empire's inner theatre : interiority and power during the Neo-Assyrian period, c.750 - c. 650 BC
What role do concepts of the thinking and feeling self play in the processes of imperial rule? How do individuals within empire manage and subvert the government of the self the ecumenical power
8 Geographies of Power: Territoriality and Empire during the Mesopotamian Iron Age
This chapter synthesizes archaeological, textual, and ethnohistorical data from or pertaining to the Mesopotamian Iron Age to reconceptualize the nature of the territoriality of the Neo-Assyrian
Fast Way Upstairs: Transformation of Assyrian Hereditary Rulership in the Late Bronze Age
The chapter deals with main institutional and conceptual aspects of transition of Assyrian polity from city-state with a quite limited power of hereditary rulers to territorial state and Empire with
State-Sponsored Sacrilege: “Godnapping” and Omission in Neo-Assyrian Inscriptions
Abstract Because of the symbolic and religious importance of cult statues in ancient Mesopotamia, these images were targeted on numerous occasions by invading forces as part of the conquest of a
Commensality and Ceremonial Meals in the Neo-Assyrian Period
The purpose of this book is to investigate banquets and shared meals in the Neo-Assyrian period, providing the first complete and integrative research on this topic. While presenting a study on
Mar-Issar and the Restoration of Babylonian Sanctuaries
This study is based on the letters of Mar-Issar, an Assyrian official working at the end of Esarhaddon's reign, as the supervisor of the reconstruction and restoration of sanctuaries in the main
Monumental Sculpture and the Human Form during the Early and Middle Preclassic Periods
  • J. Guernsey
  • History
    Human Figuration and Fragmentation in Preclassic Mesoamerica
  • 2020
My goal in this chapter is to summarize and discuss the ways in which the human form was rendered and displayed at a monumental scale during the Early and Middle Preclassic periods, a span of time
Peripheral Elite as Imperial Collaborators
  • C. W. Tyson
  • History
    Journal of Anthropological Research
  • 2014
Societies on the periphery of empires experience a spectrum of changes as a result of their interaction with or incorporation into empires. One discernible pattern is that of sociopolitical and
Aššur and His Friends: A Statistical Analysis of Neo-Assyrian Texts
The results show that the performance of social network analysis can be improved by using a small window size and calculating tie strengths with pointwise mutual information, which allows us to study the co-occurrences of gods in semantic contexts.
The Assyrian Diaspora: Hometown Associations as a Means to Cultural Preservation and Community Development
Assyrians face numerous concerns resulting from the status of a stateless people. Overcoming immigrant transitions, difficulties related to diaspora, and the implications of these on Assyrian culture


Archaeological Manifestations of Empire: Assyria's Imprint on Southeastern Anatolia
  • B. Parker
  • History, Sociology
    American Journal of Archaeology
  • 2003
One of the most enduring problems for the study of ancient empires is the fact that material correlates indicative of imperial integration are often difficult to define in the archaeological record.
Neo-Assyrian Royal Women and Male Identity: Status as a Social Tool
For the three centuries between approximately 900 and 600 B.C., Assyria was the major power of the Near East, ruling over the largest empire the world had ever seen. Having become rich with the
Kingship and the Gods: A Study of Ancient Near Eastern Religion as the Integration of Society and Nature
This classic study clearly establishes a fundamental difference in viewpoint between the peoples of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. By examining the forms of kingship which evolved in the two
Kingship in the Late Preclassic Maya Lowlands: The Instruments and Places of Ritual Power
The Maya of Central America constitute the only truly literate pre-Columbian civilization. Analysis of ancient Maya hieroglyphic texts and accompanying images dating from the Classic period (A.D.
Sennacherib's "Palace without Rival" at Nineveh
Best known today from biblical accounts of his exploits and ignominious end, the Assyrian king Sennacherib (704-681 B.C.) was once the ruler of all western Asia. In his capital at Nineveh, in what is
The Archaeology of Mesopotamia: Theories and Approaches
The only critical guide to the theory and method of Mesopotamian archaeology, this innovative volume evaluates the theories, methods, approaches and history of Mesopotamian archaeology from its
Understanding early civilizations : a comparative study
This book offers the first detailed comparative study of the seven bestdocumented early civilizations: ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, Shang China, the Aztecs and adjacent peoples in the Valley of
Nineveh: From ideology to topography
In Mesopotamian belief the city was the result of an act of creation, a tangible sign and visible image of the cosmic order, and a necessary element to guarantee and safeguard the continuation of the
Of God(s), Trees, Kings, and Scholars: Neo-Assyrian and Related Studies in Honour of Simo Parpola
The rather euphemistic “lady of the house”,2 bēlat bēti,3 appears twelve4 times in the extant Neo-Assyrian sources. The overall interpretation of the compound must, however, be more complex than its