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VIRTUAL - The Art of War: Proof or Propaganda

April 21, 2021 @ 5:30 pm EDT Eastern Time

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Lecturer: Amy Barron

In the first millennium BCE the ancient Assyrians rolled across the Near East leaving fear in their wake.  They celebrated the victories of their mighty armies on the walls of the palaces of Nimrud, Nineveh and Khorsabad.  Scenes of battles, sieges, collection of booty and camp life abound.  But can we trust these illustrations left by the conqueror of their defeat of the conquered?  Can we believe that the images left to us are reflective of the true military history of the period?  Only by pairing the art of the Assyrian palaces with the archaeological finds of their arms and armour can a true picture begin to emerge.  Only by comparing the strengths and weaknesses of the artistic images can we begin to unravel whether they represent proof or propaganda.

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

Barron, Amy E., Late Assyrian Arms and Armour: Art versus Artifact, 2010.

Barron, Amy E., “The Art of War: Proof or Propaganda”, Journal of the Canadian Society of Mesopotamian Studies 6 (2011).

Gabriel, Richard A. and Karen S. Metz, From Sumer to Rome: The military capabilities of ancient armies, 1991.

Oates, Joan and David Oates, Nimrud: An Assyrian imperial city revealed, 2001.

Yadin, Yigael, The art of warfare in biblical lands, 1963.

Any book with illustrations of the Late Assyrian palace reliefs is a great starting point.

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April 21, 2021
5:30 pm EDT
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