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Body and frames of war in New Kingdom Egypt : violent treatment of enemies and prisoners / Uroš Matić

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Matić, Uroš, author.
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Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, 2019
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Philippika / Altertumskundliche Abhandlungen ; v. 134
Philippika ; v. 134.
Body and Frames of War in New Kingdom Egypt' deals with the relation between violence and the bodies of enemies and prisoners of war in New Kingdom Egypt (ca. 1550/1070 BC) through the lens of "frames of war" (J. Butler). Archaeological, textual and pictorial sources on military violence (torture, mutilation, execution) are examined with various methods. Numerous attestations of caging, branding and marking, cutting off hands, cutting off phalli, cutting off ears, eyes gouging, strangling, burning, impaling and decapitation of enemies are analysed in detail and compared with treatments of the dead in the Underworld and criminals in ancient Egypt. 0Uro? Matic for the first time comprehensively compares divine and state violence in ancient Egypt. He discusses evidence from physical-anthropology (skeletal remains) and chooses a constructivist approach to textual and pictorial representations of violence. Bodies of enemies are understood as objects and media of violence. Several theoretical models are consulted in the examination of the material. It is argued that there was a difference in violent acts committed by the king and those committed by the soldiers. The king treats the enemies in the same way as deities and demons treat the dead in the Underworld. The violence committed by soldiers, on the other hand, is mundane and has no religious background. This difference strengthened the divine nature of the king
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-373) and indexes
Introduction -- Research aims, questions and problems -- Materials, method and theoretical background -- History of research -- Torture -- Mutilation -- Execution -- Skeletal evidence -- Frames of war in new kingdom Egypt -- Bodies as objects of violence -- Bodies as media of violence
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Prisoners of war -- Abuse of -- Egypt -- History.
Violence -- Egypt -- History.
Egypt -- History -- New Kingdom, ca. 1550-ca. 1070 B.C.
Prisonniers de guerre -- Violence envers -- Égypte -- Histoire.
Violence -- Égypte -- Histoire.
Égypte -- Histoire -- ca 1550-1070 av. J.-C. (Nouvel Empire)
Prisoners of war -- Abuse of. (OCoLC)fst01766447
Violence. (OCoLC)fst01167224
Egypt. (OCoLC)fst01208755
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History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
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Print version: Matić, Uroš. Body and frames of war in New Kingdom Egypt. Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, 2019 9783447113021 (OCoLC)1127959005
9783447199254 (electronic bk.)
3447199253 (electronic bk.)
9783447113021 (hardbound)
3447113022 (hardbound)