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Positions and professions in Palmyra / edited by Tracey Long and Annette Højen Sørensen.

  • København : Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, 2017.
  • ©2017
136 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Palmyrenske studier ; bind 2. [More in this series]
  • Scientia Danica. Series H, Humanistica 4 ; v. 9. [More in this series]
  • Palmyrenske studier ; bind 2
  • Scientia Danica. Series H, Humanistica 4 / Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, 1904-5506 ; volume 9
Summary note:
Palmyra in the Syrian Desert has in the last years come to the attention of the world due to the destructions caused by the Civil War. Right before the conflict broke out the Palmyra Portrait Project funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and headed by Rubina Raja was initiated. The anthology, Positions and Professions in Palmyra, is one of the results emerging from the project.0The contributions are written by leading scholars, who focus on Palmyra, portraiture in the Roman Empire, art and writing in Palmyra and the cultures of the Near East in general. Issues of how status and professions were communicated through self-representation stand at the centre of the volume. Through the contributions it becomes clear that there was a dichotomy between the funerary sphere and the public sphere. In the funerary sphere the family alone took centre stage, whereas the public sphere was a space for civic status to be communicated. These differences inform us about the choices made by the Palmyrenes according to the meaning of the spaces in which self-representations were displayed. The Palmyrenes were world citizens, who saw themselves as central players within the broader imperial context. This book gives the basis for assessing some of the mechanisms at play within Palmyrene society, both in family contexts as well as broader societal contexts.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction / Tracey Long and Annette Højen Sørensen -- The body language of Palmyra and Rome / Glenys Davies -- Changing identities, changing positions: jewellery in Palmyrene female portraits / Signe Krag -- The Parthian haute-couture at Palmyra / Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis -- The use of Parthian costume in funerary portraiture in Palmyra / Tracey Long -- The pious butcher and the physicians: Palmyrene professions in context / Eleonora Cussini -- Professions in Palmyra: a matter of ethnicity / Tommaso Gnoli -- The iconography of caravan trade in Palmyra and the Roman Near East / Eivind Helaas Seland -- To be or n ot to be depicted as a priest in Palmyra: a matter of representational spheres and societal values / Rubina Raja.
Conference papers and proceedings
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  • 8773044040
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