Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World


Societies, both ancient and modern, have frequently celebrated and proclaimed their military victories through overt public demonstrations. In the ancient world, however, the most famous examples of this come from a single culture and period - Rome in the final years of the Roman Republic and early Roman Empire - while those from other cultures - such as Egypt, Greece, Neo-Assyria, and indeed other periods of Roman history – are generally unexplored. The aim of this volume is to present a more complete study of this phenomenon and offer a series of cultural reactions to successful military actions by various peoples of the ancient Mediterranean world, illustrating points of similarity and diversity, and demonstrating the complex and multifaceted nature of this trans-cultural practice.

"The book nevertheless represents a valuable collection of papers on a not so widely researched topic and is clearly a stepping stone for further research as indeed the editors intended it to be." Uros Matic, Universitaet Muenster

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Anthony Spalinger PhD (Yale University), is a Professor of Ancient history (Egyptology) in the Department of Classics and Ancient history, University of Auckland. His main interests include the art of war in the ancient world, ancient Egyptian calendrics, the ancient economy of Egypt, and narrative in Egyptian art.

Jeremy Armstrong, Ph.D. (2009), University of St Andrews, is a Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Auckland. His main area of research is early Roman history and his most recent work has focused primarily on warfare in this period.