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The Two Eyes of the Earth

Art and Ritual of Kingship between Rome and Sasanian Iran

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The Two Eyes of the Earth by Matthew P. Canepa
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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. This shared ideal, while often generating conflict during the four centuries of the empires' coexistence (224-642), also drove exchange, especially the means and methods Roman and Persian sovereigns used to project their notions of universal rule: elaborate systems of ritual and their cultures' visual, architectural, and urban environments. Matthew Canepa explores the artistic, ritual, and ideological interactions between Rome and the Iranian world under the Sasanian dynasty, the last great Persian dynasty before Islam. He analyzes how these two hostile systems of sacred universal sovereignty not only co-existed, but fostered cross-cultural exchange and communication despite their undying rivalry. 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.

Author Biography

Matthew P. Canepa is Assistant Professor of Art History at the College of Charleston where he is a faculty member in the interdisciplinary programs in Archaeology and Asian Studies.
Release date Australia
February 12th, 2010
Contributor
Series edited by Peter Brown
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
45 black-and-white photographs and 5 maps
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
456
Dimensions
152x229x46
ISBN-13
9780520257276
Product ID
3615886

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