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Czichon Bbw wanted for 04605 F. His work in the Unterstadt II with its Late to Post-Assyrian levels has equally changed our views of Sex personal Umm Al `uruq imperial settlements, their layout Sex personal Umm Al `uruq their survival after the fall of Nineveh. I hope that Hartmut will find the occasion to work on these levels, counted and docu- mented to a great extent in the so-called Kanalprofil above the Middle Assyrian palace.

This southern side has a deep erosional gully with a wide cavity. My reluctance to address this topic was in part driven by the realistic conviction that our surface finds — almost all of it pottery — could not correspond to temporal segments of imperial political history tailored by the regnal years of individual kings. However, defocusing from historical personalities should not lead to neglect of them. This name be- came soon associated with the similarly sounding name of Semiramis.

Not long after the pub- lication of the Nimrud statues, Walter Andrae More recently, Donbaz With these findings, it has become quite clear that the legend of Semiramis, queen of Babylon, most likely refers to an Assyrian historical figure.

I cannot go into all the necessary detail here and refer instead to some recent monographic treatments of Semiramis by archaeologists and Assyriologists alike Eilers ; Nagel ; Pettinato But since the legend of Semiramis has itself a history of highly complex in- tertextuality, paired with a succession of epoch-specific sexual anxieties, a brief account of some of these twists and turns of the story Sex personal Umm Al `uruq warranted.

I argue below that the Semiramis stories have left such a deep impression in European culture that their simple silencing in Fuck my wife Milwaukee field of ancient Near Eastern studies will not do. The legend of Semiramis as a powerful queen is a Greek Sex personal Umm Al `uruq, although it seems to have some Armenian parallels which may or may not be independent of the Greek tradition. The earliest mention in the Greek world is found in Herodotus.

A View from the Syrian Steppe building of the embankments that prevented the Euphrates from flooding Babylon I, In a different place, he claims that one of the gates of the city of Babylon was named after her III, Disguised as a man, she entered the city, upon which the discouraged Bactrans gave up.

Ninus died soon after and she ruled for many years, expanding the kingdom, but Sex personal Umm Al `uruq best known for her engineering projects such as canals, aqueducts, roads, and earthworks.

She was able to include Egypt into her empire, vainly tried to occupy India, and was `urua ousted by her son Ninyas. It is quite clear that this legend is a conflation of stories or elements of stories that involve multiple places, times and personalities.

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The episode in Bactria is also derived from Achaemenid sources or Alexander. The opposite move, the rejection of specific elements as inconsistent with modern day reconstructions, is equally unlimited. To avoid these pitfalls, one should abstain completely from using legends as a source for history. Pettinato I argue that the possibility for such a separation needs to be contextualized. A criticism of historiography must evaluate sources by judging some as closer to persknal reality, others Casa Grande Arizona sex web cams farther away.

However, such a critique as well as any other perrsonal is at the same time necessarily itself Sex personal Umm Al `uruq narrative construction with fictional characteristics Bernbeck Semiramis is a stable symbol in a shift- ing discursive space, a symbol that invites the weaving of tales of women and their deeds.

The famous theologian Robertson `urua expectedly took sides with later Sex personal Umm Al `uruq by the deeply moralizing ecclesiastical patres such as John of Antioch. According to Gilmore personsl Ktesias as a writer with connections to the Iranian world plays a large role in speculative reconstructions by Eilers and Nagelin which the core of the legend is interpreted as Scythian, Median and Persian in character.

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This had vast implications for conceptualizations of the nexus of power and sexuality throughout later Classical antiquity, the medieval ages and modern Europe. In early Christianity, 3rd century writer Justin and later St Augustine turned Semiramis `urqu a power mongering, Sex personal Umm Al `uruq individual forcing an incestuous relationship on her son.

A View from the Syrian Steppe members of the economic elites and ruling houses, projected sexual desires and anxieties.

Heller The discourse about the nexus of women and political power turns distinctly more misogy- nistic with the Enlightenment, when Orientalism as analyzed so forcefully by Edward Said makes its explicit appearance.

Voltaire and Montesquieu are only the best known intellectuals to use oriental settings or perspectives as a way to criticize the changing conditions in France, among them the increasing power of women in the public realm. In the second half of the 19th century, archaeological and Assyriological research ruptures some of these fantasies, but in historically and culturally specific ways.

In France, the impact of Assyriological and archaeological research on artistic and cultural production is shallow, while English arts exhibit more pervasive impulses from the recent Assyrian discoveries Bohrer However, the general background scheme of an ancient Oriental Other that is dangerous because of Sex personal Umm Al `uruq shifting sexualities is still around in widely consumed cultural productions.

The moral of the story: As Zainab Bahrani has made clear, such preoccupations, prejudices and anxieties with and about the ancient Orient in Western culture have such a deep Ladies wants casual sex Hode Kentucky 41267 and broad reach that they have entered archaeological and Assyriological discourse in multiple ways see also Westenholz ; Leicht They will at least in part remain hidden and doxic to specialists of the ancient Near East, myself included, however much we may want to rid ourselves Sex personal Umm Al `uruq them.

Such a co-regency of mother and son pervades the Assyriological literature of Married ladies want nsa Glendale first half of the 20th century e. Meissner Obviously, as mentioned above, the use of a Sex personal Umm Al `uruq to reconstruct dynastic suc- cessions is historiographically inadmissible.

Weippert The narration of histories is always and necessarily entangled in a discursive web and doxic pre-conceptions that contribute significantly to the production of sources, their read- ings and the connections made between them.

Ironically, this academic disposition was itself Sex personal Umm Al `uruq and upheld by the cultural reworkings of the Semiramis story.

Thus, we need to tackle our own and Assyrian presuppositions not just as if they were separate entities, Local dating in Boston Massachusetts as mutually constitutive. Most of the sources that we rely on in the writing of history are visual or textual representations. Sex personal Umm Al `uruq, as any historian knows, these sources do not reveal historical truths, data and facts, but are discourses that have to be deciphered as positioned within the social conditions of their production.

And agency itself — defined here expediently as the potential to act or to not act by a collectivity or an individual — is, when available at the level of representations, a post hoc discursive construct. As Rao What does this mean for the Assyrian case?

Textual interpreta- tions that involve prescriptive elements are likely utterly inappropriate. The scribes were likely socialized into a culture whose horizon did not include a formal power position for a woman. In short, texts and imagery of the past will enhance the agency of some and reduce that of others.

In our case of a woman wielding power in male-centered system, the representational reduc- tion of real power is to Sex personal Umm Al `uruq detriment of the powerholder. These mechanisms in Assyria are not the result of a reflected omission, a bureaucratic effort. Rather, the source of the silence is already present pesronal the pre-writing stage of a cul- turally constructed, doxic comprehension of the world.

We need to ask why and how it is that a woman of the Assyrian court Sex personal Umm Al `uruq set up her own stela at Assur, why she is mentioned in an inscription commissioned by the governor of Nimrud, and especially, why she took part in the campaign in the West? The monuments all show clearly that the doxic ho- rizon of a misogynistic Assyrian court was sometimes transgressed by women.

Considering the high stakes against which she was able to leave not just Free porn fucking on Fort Wayne faint trace, but a monumental track record, our approach should rather see in her the tip of an iceberg of similar attempts to undermine the normative, gender-stereotyped world of Assyrian elites.

If Assyrian scribal discourse is a result of its social relations of production, Sex personal Umm Al `uruq discourse and its historical development cannot be divorced from such social conditions either.

Collins Thus, in line with many other Assyriologists, Schramm We know that he was influential, but the Assyriological discourse goes further and frequently infers from the extant textual material a vast realm of power.

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His agency, compared to the written record, is inflated. The general tendency over pefsonal last century in interpretations of the late 9th to early 8th century Assyrian policy is a shift in the attribution of power from a woman to a man, from a queen-mother to a governor, from a centrally located court member to a Sex personal Umm Al `uruq situ- ated military and administrator.

Nowadays, Adad Nirari III would seem to be the king whose reign signifies the end of a powerful early expansion of the Assyrian Adult want casual sex Martin Georgia 30557. The resultant overall political narrative, however, remains similar: Adad Nirari himself was overshadowed by some kind of eminence grise.

This interpretive situation Sexy Yonkers male seeking pussy us with a perplexing question. Why is the Semiramis of the legend such an exceptional political leader? Assyrian elites were, judging by the palace reliefs, thoroughly tri-gendered in structure, with eunuchs having prominent political, military and administrative positions.

A View from the Syrian Steppe successors in power, what is it that led to popular imaginations of her as an extraordinary figure? There is a means to investigate this question from a non-textual angle, one that ex- cludes at least at the outset the ideologically twisted sources Sex personal Umm Al `uruq their multi-layered social contexts of reading and interpretation.

I turn now to this approach which involves purely archaeological data. However, history is not the result of individual actions, but of the dialectics between structures within which power is Sex personal Umm Al `uruq, and the reproduction or change of such structures through those practices, their unintended conse- quences included. I used a method of evaluation of the collected pottery that enabled me to distinguish successive pottery assemblages within the duration of the Assyrian empire.

All except two of the sites dated to the Neo-Assyrian period are flat. The lack of significant mound development allowed me to take each site to be a synchronous, short-lived Sex personal Umm Al `uruq.

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I Sex personal Umm Al `uruq that all 33 sites with Iron Age habitations could be ordered by way of a Beautiful women seeking sex Gainesville seriation into a sequence with chronological relevance Bernbeck The seriation con- firmed this suspicion, as I was able to distinguish three subphases A, B, and C within the Iron Age pottery.

From known parallels of phase-specific pottery, I concluded that each of them lasted approximately a century, spanning roughly the 9th to 6th centuries BCE. Here, however, I am solely concerned with the transition from phase A Sex personal Umm Al `uruq phase B and the accompanying changes in settlement patterns. I originally argued — and still do so — that Sex personal Umm Al `uruq change can be dated to the times of the late 9th to the early 8th centuries.

Ceramic parallels had suggested that Phase A was the earliest of all, and a few hints for a 9th century date exist. The settlement changes from Phase A to B can be summed up in six points Bernbeck The shift of the central site to a new location, closer to spots where agriculture could yield marginal surpluses, suggests a radical change in the transition to Phase B.

I have interpreted the type of settlement pattern of Phase B as indicative of a strongly administered enclave, rather than an organically grown system of hamlets Bernbeck One can reasonably argue that these changes relate to Assyrian imperial politics.