The Two Eyes of the Earth: Art and Ritual of Kingship between Rome and Sasanian Iran

The Two Eyes of the Earth: Art and Ritual of Kingship between Rome and Sasanian Iran

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Overview

This pioneering study examines a pivotal period in the history of Europe and the Near East. Spanning the ancient and medieval worlds, it investigates the shared ideal of sacred kingship that emerged in the late Roman and Persian empires. Bridging the traditional divide between classical and Iranian history, this book brings to life the dazzling courts of two global powers that deeply affected the cultures of medieval Europe, Byzantium, Islam, South Asia, and China.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520294837
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/10/2017
Series: Transformation of the Classical Heritage , #45
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 806,862
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Matthew P. Canepa holds the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Presidential Chair in Art History and Archaeology of Ancient Iran at the University of California, Irvine. Author of the award winning book, The Two Eyes of the Earth: Art and Ritual of Kingship between Rome and Sasanian Iran, he is an Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Sources and Abbreviations



1. Introduction

2. The Art and Ritual of Kingship Within and Between Rome and Sasanian Iran

3. The Lure of the Other and the Limits of the Past

4. Sapur I, King of Kings of Iran and Non-Iran

5. Rome’s Troubled Third Century and the Emergence of a New Equilibrium

6. Contested Images of Sacral Kingship and New Expressions of Triumph

7. Unceasing Embassies

8. City as Stage and Art as Statecraft

9. The Late Antique Kosmos of Power



Epilogue: The Legacy of the Two Eyes of the Earth



Notes

Bibliography

Index

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"This very good book is a welcome contribution . . . and is worthy of the prestigious series in which it appears."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review (Bmcr)

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