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The Routledge Handbook of the Senses in the Ancient Near East

Edited by: Kiersten Neumann , Allison Thomason

Print publication date:  September  2021
Online publication date:  September  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367235284
eBook ISBN: 9780429280207
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This Handbook is a state-of-the-field volume containing diverse approaches to sensory experience, bringing to life in an innovative, remarkably vivid, and visceral way the lives of past humans through contributions that cover the chronological and geographical expanse of the ancient Near East.

It comprises thirty-two chapters written by leading international contributors that look at the ways in which humans, through their senses, experienced their lives and the world around them in the ancient Near East, with coverage of Anatolia, Egypt, the Levant, Mesopotamia, Syria, and Persia, from the Neolithic through the Roman period. It is organised into six parts related to sensory contexts: Practice, production, and taskscape; Dress and the body; Ritualised practice and ceremonial spaces; Death and burial; Science, medicine, and aesthetics; and Languages and semantic fields. In addition to exploring what makes each sensory context unique, this organisation facilitates cross-cultural and cross-chronological, as well as cross-sensory and multisensory comparisons and discussions of sensory experiences in the ancient world. In so doing, the volume also enables considerations of senses beyond the five-sense model of Western philosophy (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell), including proprioception and interoception, and the phenomena of synaesthesia and kinaesthesia.

The Routledge Handbook of the Senses in the Ancient Near East provides scholars and students within the field of ancient Near Eastern studies new perspectives on and conceptions of familiar spaces, places, and practices, as well as material culture and texts. It also allows scholars and students from adjacent fields such as Classics and Biblical Studies to engage with this material, and is a must-read for any scholar or student interested in or already engaged with the field of sensory studies in any period.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The sense of practice Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Senses and textiles in the eastern Mediterranean Download PDF
Chapter  3:  New sensory experiences through technological innovation Download PDF
Chapter  4:  To touch upon Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Soundscapes and taskscapes in the ancient Near East Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Adornment practices in the ancient Near East and the question of embodied boundary maintenance Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Dress, sensory assemblages, and identity in the early first millennium bce at Hasanlu, Iran Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Beyond the flesh Download PDF
Chapter  9:  A sense of scale Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Temple ritual as Gesamtkunstwerk  Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Pure stale water Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Megaliths and miniatures Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Sensing salience in the landscapes of Egyptian royal living-rock stelae Download PDF
Chapter  14:  In the light and in the dark Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Ishtar Gate Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Jerusalem Temple Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The ancient synagogue at Nabratein Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Sensing the ancestors Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Sensing the dead in household burials of the second millennium bce  Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The smells of eternity Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The sixth sense Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Seeing stars Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Sensory experience in ancient Mesopotamian medicine Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The understanding of intellectual and sensorial impairment in the Hebrew Bible Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The distant eye and the ekphrastic image Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Language technology approach to “seeing” in Akkadian Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Metaphors of perception verbs in ancient Egyptian Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Metaphors of sensory experience in ancient Egyptian texts Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Smellscapes in ancient Egypt Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Crossing sensory boundaries Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Open your ears and listen! Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Hearing and seeing in Hurrian Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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