Receptions of the Ancient Near East in Popular Culture and Beyond


Lorenzo Verderame; Agnès Garcia-Ventura; Pedro Azara; Marc Marín; Jean M. Evans; Silvana Di Paolo; Kerstin Dross-Krüpe; Valeska Hartmann; Daniele Federico Rosa; Kevin McGeough; Eva Miller; Lorenzo Verderame; Jana Mynářová; Pavel Kořínek; Luigi Turri; Francesco Pomponio; Ryan Winters; Davide Nadali; Juan-Luis Montero Fenollós; Silvia Festuccia; Paul Collins; Frances Pinnock


This book is an enthusiastic celebration of the ways in which popular culture has consumed aspects of the ancient Near East to construct new realities. The editors have brought together an impressive line-up of scholars-archaeologists, philologists, historians, and art historians-to reflect on how objects, ideas, and interpretations of the ancient Near East have been remembered, constructed, reimagined, mythologized, or indeed forgotten within our shared cultural memories. The exploration of cultural memories has revealed how they inform the values, structures, and daily life of societies over time. This is therefore not a collection of essays about the deep past but rather about the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.


  • Foreword
    Paul Collins
  • Preliminary Considerations
    Agnès Garcia-Ventura, Lorenzo Verderame
  • Mesopotamia in Miró. Miró in Mesopotamia
    Pedro Azara, Marc Marín
  • Case Studies in the Popular Reception of the Tell Asmar Sculpture Hoard
    Jean M. Evans
  • Images of Ruins as Metaphorical Places of Transformation
    The Case of Persepolis
    Silvana Di Paolo
  • Artaserse
    An Ancient Oriental Ruler on Modern Opera Stages?
    Kerstin Dross-Krüpe
  • When Imitation Became Reality
    The Historical Pantomime Sardanapal (1908) at the Royal Opera of Berlin
    Valeska Hartmann
  • Ye Go to Thy Abzu
    How Norwegian Black Metal Used Mesopotamian References, Where It Took Them from, and How It Usually Got Them Wrong
    Daniele Federico Rosa
  • “Babylon’s Last Bacchanal”
    Mesopotamia and the Near East in Epic Biblical Cinema
    Kevin McGeough
  • He Who Saw the Stars
    Retelling Gilgamesh in Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Eva Miller
  • Evil from an Ancient Past and the Archaeology of the Beyond
    An Analysis of the Movies The Exorcist (1973) and The Evil Dead (1981)
    Lorenzo Verderame
  • The Ancient Near East in Czech Comics and Popular Culture
    The Case of Jáchym and the Printer’s Devil
    Jana Mynářová, Pavel Kořínek
  • Gilgamesh, e (Super)Hero
    Luigi Turri
  • Mystery Literature and Assyriology
    Francesco Pomponio
  • Ancient Aliens, Modern Cosmologies
    Zecharia Sitchin and the Transformation of Mesopotamian Myth
    Ryan Winters
  • e (In)visibility of Archaeology
    Davide Nadali
  • Imagining the Tower of Babel in the Twenty-First Century
    Is a New Interpretation of the Ziggurat of Babylon Possible?
    Juan-Luis Montero Fenollós
  • Athletic Disciplines in the Ancient Near East
    Representation and Reconstruction
    Silvia Festuccia
  • Afterword. Memory and Memories
    From the Ancient Near East to the Modern West
    Frances Pinnock
  • Contributors
  • Subject Index


March 13, 2020


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