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The Assyrian Sacred Tree: A History of Interpretations

  title={The Assyrian Sacred Tree: A History of Interpretations},
  author={Mariana Giovino},
The so-called Assyrian sacred tree is the most discussed motif in the historiography of Assyrian art. It is familiar from the reliefs in the throneroom of Assurnasirpal II at Nimrud, but it has a family of close relatives that appear in a variety of other media. To date, no contemporary text has been found that mentions this ‘tree,’ and, as a result, scholars have not yet arrived at a consensus on its iconography. Nevertheless great efforts have been made to decipher the symbol, ever since A… 

The Hebrew myths and the Neo-Assyrian empire.

This project seeks to study the first expression of Israelite literature which would was elaborated under the shadow of the Neo-Assyrian cultural influence. This occurred approximately between the

The Argei: Sex, War, and Crucifixion in Rome and the Ancient Near East

The purpose of the Roman Argei ceremony, during which the Vestal Virgins harvested made and paraded rush puppets only to throw them into the Tiber, is widely debated. Modern historians supply three

The hybridising tree of life : a postcolonial archaeology of the Cypriot Iron Age city kingdoms

The people of early Iron Age Cyprus worshipped at sanctuaries where a sacred tree was the focus of their rituals. The tree was closely associated with a goddess thought to inhabit the natural

Dressing the Neo-Assyrian Queen in Identity and Ideology: Elements and Ensembles from the Royal Tombs at Nimrud

Through an analysis of the ninth- to eighth-century B.C.E. mortuary assemblages from the Queens' Tombs of Nimrud's Northwest Palace in Iraq, this article interprets dress elements and ensembles in

A GIŠ on a Tree: Interactions between Images and Inscriptions on Neo-Assyrian Monuments

The study of the relationships between images and writing in the Ancient Near East is a broad field, which includes different approaches of historical and philological analysis. In this article, I

Rooted in Paradise? The Meaning of the ‘Tree of Life’ in 1 Enoch 24—25 Reconsidered

This study explores the meaning of the marvellous tree depicted in chs. 24—25 of the Book of the Watchers. Scholars generally refer to this tree as the ‘tree of life’, mentioned in the paradise story

The “Art” of the “Ancient Near East”

  • A. Gunter
  • History
    A Companion to Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • 2018
By general agreement, ancient Near East designates the region extending from modern Turkey to Afghanistan, from the Black Sea to Yemen and Oman. Sometimes it includes Egypt, and it may thus

Religion, Ritual and Ritualistic Objects

Dogon masks have been famous for a long time—and none more so than the kanaga mask, the so-called croix de Lorraine. A host of interpretations of this particular mask circulate in the literature,

Influences of Egyptian Lotus Symbolism and Ritualistic Practices on Sacral Tree Worship in the Fertile Crescent from 1500 BCE to 200 CE

Many conventional features of world tree motifs in the ancient Near East—including stalked palmettes, aureoles of water lily palmettes connected by pliant stems, floral rosettes, winged disks and

Symbols of Fertility and Abundance in the Royal Cemetery at Ur, Iraq

  • N. Miller
  • Art
    American Journal of Archaeology
  • 2013
Fertility and abundance are important themes of ancient Mesopotamian texts and images. The goddess Inanna and her consort Dumuzi personify these ideas in texts of the second millennium B.C.E.



The gates and guardians in Sennacherib's addition to the temple of Assur*

Among texts dating from the reign of the Assyrian king Sennacherib (705–681 BC) are descriptions of a courtyard built on the king's behalf for the temple of Assur in the city of Assur. The texts note

Sumerian Mythology: A Review Article

HE study of ancient Mesopotamian civilization may be said to have reached the threshold of a new epoch. For only now does the vast and profoundly important early Sumerian literature begin to be


When used III literary contexts, " to relate." "'to compare," and " to parallel" are terms used to highlight similarities, connections, and associations IIl1long two or more docu ments or cultural

Date Culture in Ancient Babylonia

  • A. H. Pruessner
  • History
    The American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures
  • 1920
In the Revue d'Assyriologie of 1913, V. Scheil called attention to the importance of the date-palm culture for ancient Babylonia, and to the comparatively high state of perfection which it had

The Early Glyptic of Tell Brak: Cylinder Seals of Third Millennium Syria

This book is the most comprehensive treatment of the art of Syria in the third millennium BS. It is also the first book-length publication of material from the British excavations at Tell Brak

Excavations At Brak And Chagar Bazar

Preliminary survey of the Khabur and Jaghjagha valleys. I SAW the great mound of Brak for the first time on a hot afternoon in November, 1934, when, together with my wife and Mr. Macartney, I was

Les deux visages d'Elie: Texte massoretique et Septante dans l'histoire la plus ancienne du texte de 1 Rois 17-18

Views about the value of the Septuagint (LXX) and of its Hebrew source has evolved considerably in the area of text criticism and history of the biblical text in recent decades, from the discoveries

An Interpretation of the Sculptural Decoration of the Second Millennium Temple at Tell al-Rimah

The dominant feature of the walled town, now identified as Karana, is the temple ziggurat mound which rises prominently at the centre. In this paper we are concerned only with the phases of the

Excavations at Nimrud, 1949–1953 Seals and Seal Impressions

This article is concerned with the seals and seal impressions on clay labels and business documents discovered at Nimrud during the five seasons of excavations conducted by the British School of

Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria in the British Museum

The discovery of Assyria, history of Assyria, Assyrian civilization reliefs and sculptures palaces and temples magic and religion furniture and fittings vases and vessels horse trappings and harness