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Book Specifications
col. 223-414 pp.

Bibliotheca Orientalis LXXIX, 3/4 (2022)

2022  |  BiOr Volume 79 3/4 ISSN: 0006-1913


Connor, S. — Visualising Coregency? – A Very Personal Interpretation of Egyptian Statuary

This article is initially a review of Lisa Saladino Haney’s book “Visualizing Coregency: An Exploration of the Link between Royal Image and Co-Rule during the Reign of Senwosret III and Amenemhet III” that was published in 2020. The author’s aim was twofold: to seek to demonstrate the existence of a 20-year coregency between the two Dynasty XII rulers through the statuary that was yielded to us. At the same time, Saladino Haney’s attempted to show that this alleged coregency had an impact on the sculptural production of this period.

This review-article intends to provide a reflection on the validity of the approach and methodology proposed by the author, as well as on some broader issues concerning the use of artistic productions to advance historical theory.

Raulwing, P. and Th. van den Hout — The Worlds of Franz M. Th. De Liagre Böhl (1882-1976)

The name Franz de Liagre Böhl is irreversibly connected with a new era in ancient Near Eastern and Old Testament studies in The Netherlands in the first half of the 20th century: his academic achievements include the foundation of the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO) with its collection of cuneiform texts, archaeological objects and library.

Häberl, C.G. — The Inner Harran and the Writing of Mandaean History

Few Mandaean literary works are explicitly historical in scope. The Scroll of Inner Harran (Diwān Harrān Gawaytā), the subject of a new critical edition by Bogdan Burtea, is one such work. The Inner Harran revisits the world era of prior Mandaean works and revises it in light of subsequent developments, most notably the advent of Islam and the conclusion of the prior world era on Saturday, 5 June 678. In his edition, Burtea adeptly contextualizes this work within the body of philological scholarship that has grown around it since its editio princeps in 1953, albeit without situating it within the body of literature from Mandaeans and other related communities during the periods of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. In this review article, I attempt to supplement Burtea’s edition by placing its subject within a broader literary and specifically historiographic context.

Dirven, L.A. — Publications from the Palmyra Portrait Project

This article reviews three recent publications of the so-called Palmyra Portrait Project, an ambitious project on Palmyrene funerary portraits, located at Aarhus University, Denmark. After an introduction of the project, in which its goals, preliminary results and upcoming publications are summarized, two recent publications on funerary sculpture and one publication on Palmyra in general are discussed in more detail. In passing, this review provides an overview of most recent research on Palmyra, a site that has been much discussed lately due the casualties caused by the Syrian civil war.

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Faraonisch Egypte, Assyriologie, Hettitologie, Semitisch, Oude Testament, Vroeg Jodendom, Archeologie, Arabica, Midden-Oosten, Islam, Varia



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