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This chapter explores how different people at different times have attempted to explain the origins and purpose of an ancient rock-cut monument in the outskirts of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Antakya, Turkey). It expounds different ways in which people have made sense of the carving as a physical trace of the past. Using narratives written in Greek, Arabic, and English between the sixth and the twenty-first century CE, it probes different episodes in the long-term history of the monument’s interpretation. In doing so, it aims to trouble the distinction keeping scien-tific—specifically archaeological—inquiry fully separate from its allegedly illegitimate—magical or folkloric—counterparts.

In: Afterlives of Ancient Rock-cut Monuments in the Near East
In: Afterlives of Ancient Rock-cut Monuments in the Near East
This book concerns the ancient rock-cut monuments carved throughout the Near East, paying particular attention to the fate of these monuments in the centuries after their initial production. As parts of the landscapes in which they were carved, they acquired new meanings in the cultural memory of the people living around them. The volume joins numerous recent studies on the reception of historical texts and artefacts, exploring the peculiar affordances of these long-lasting and often salient monuments. The volume gathers articles by archeologists, art historians, and philologists, covering the entire Near East, from Iran to Lebanon and from Turkey to Egypt. It also analyzes long-lasting textual traditions that aim to explain the origins and meaning of rock-cut monuments and other related carvings.
Volume Editors: Felipe Rojas and Peter E. Thompson
In ten essays authored by an international team of scholars, this volume explores queer readings of Western and Eastern Mediterranean Europe, Northern Africa, Islam and Arabic traditions. The contributors enter into a dialogue, comparing cases from opposite sides of the Mediterranean, in order to analyze the forgotten exchange of sexualities that was brought forth through the Mediterranean and its bordering landmasses during the Middle Ages.
This collection questions the hypothesis that distinct cultures treated sexuality and the “other” differently. The volume initiates the conversation around queerness and sexuality on these trade routes, and problematizes the differences between various Mediterranean cultures in order to argue that through both queerness and sexuality, neighboring civilizations had access to, and knowledge of, common shared experiences.

Contributors are Sahar Amer, Israel Burshatin, Robert L.A. Clark, Denise K. Filos, Ellen Lorraine Friedrich, Edmund Hayes, Gregory S. Hutcheson, Vicente Lledó-Guillem, Leyla Rouhi, and Robert S. Sturges.
In: Queering the Medieval Mediterranean: Transcultural Sea of Sex, Gender, Identity, and Culture
In: Queering the Medieval Mediterranean: Transcultural Sea of Sex, Gender, Identity, and Culture
In: Queering the Medieval Mediterranean: Transcultural Sea of Sex, Gender, Identity, and Culture