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    DescriptionFrom the stony desolation of Jordan's desert, it is but a step through a doorway into the bath house of the Qusayr 'Amra hunting lodge. Inside, multicolored frescoes depict scenes from courtly life and the hunt, along with musicians, dancing girls, and naked bathing women. The traveler is transported to the luxurious and erotic world of a mid-eighth-century Muslim Arab prince. For scholars, though, Qusayr 'Amra, probably painted in the 730s or 740s, has proved a mirage, its concreteness dissolved by doubts about date, patron, and meaning. This is the first book-length contextualization of the mysterious monument through a compelling analysis of its iconography and of the literary sources for the Umayyad period. It illuminates not only the way of life of the early Muslim elite but also the long afterglow of late antique Syria.


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    Title
    Qusayr 'Amra
    Subtitle
    Art and the Umayyad Elite in Late Antique Syria
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Garth Fowden
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 419
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 794 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520236653
    ISBN 10: 0520236653
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBS
    BIC subject category V2: AC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AB
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15820
    Libri: I-AT
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    BISAC V2.8: ART028000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, ART015060
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDA, 1FBS
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 61
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 751.7/3/0956959
    LC classification: ND2819.J6 F69 2004
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    DC22: 751.73095695
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    DC22: 751.730956959
    LC classification: 2003050133
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC region code: 2.1.10.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: AB, AGA, NK, NHC, NHG
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3C
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBA, 1FBS
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    60 b/w photographs, 11 line illustrations, 2 maps
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    20 September 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Garth Fowden is Research Professor at the Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, National Research Foundation in Athens. He is author of The Egyptian Hermes: A Historical Approach to the Late Pagan Mind (reprinted 1993) and Empire to Commonwealth: Consequences of Monotheism in Late Antiquity (1993).
    Review quote
    "Three features make this book remarkable. First, its scholarship is impeccable, unusually broad, and complete. Second, its author has a clear story to tell. Third, it illuminates the world of Late Antiquity, which is only now beginning to be understood." - Oleg Grabar, author of The Shape of the Holy"
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    "Three features make this book remarkable. First, its scholarship is impeccable, unusually broad, and complete. Second, its author has a clear story to tell. Third, it illuminates the world of Late Antiquity, which is only now beginning to be understood."--Oleg Grabar, author of "The Shape of the Holy"
    Table of contents
    List of Maps and Illustrations Abbreviations Preface 1. Musil's Fairy-Tale Castle 2. Luxuries of the Bath 3. The Hunt 4. "O God, Bless the Amir" 5. The Princely Patron 6. Maintaining the Dynasty 7. The Six Kings 8. A Captive Sasanian Princess 9. Qusayr 'Amar Contextualized 10. Umayyad Self-Representation Appendix: The Value of Arabic Literary Sources Bibliography Index