Commensality and Ceremonial Meals in the Neo-Assyrian Period
Banqueting is a multilevel, expressive, meaningful communications medium. It is never just a matter of ingesting foodstuffs that have been obtained from the surrounding environment: on the contrary, it is a very complicated social fact. It is an experience which goes beyond the nutritive consumption, and its efficacy is due to the fact that it constitutes a social and a mnemonic tool at the same time – since while the body incorporates the food, at the same time the mind creates memories which link the event to the message it conveys.
Like a language, food is a witness to the tradition and to the identity of a human group, reflecting self-representation and social interaction. Assyrians developed a particular consciousness of commensality as a vehicle for cultural messages. This book investigates institutional banquets and ritualized meals in the Neo-Assyrian period. Through a philological analysis on commensality, integrated with historical and iconographic data, it offers a new perspective on the Mesopotamian society of the first millennium BCE.
Ermidoro, Stefania (Author)
Publisher:Edizioni Ca' Foscari - Digital Publishing
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