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The Archaeology of Hatra, the Sacred City

A study of the archaeology, history, architecture, sculpture and divinities of the ancient city of Hatra.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4547-4
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Nov 16,2023
Interior Color: Black with Color Inserts
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 229
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4547-4
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A study of the archaeology, history, architecture, sculpture, excavation and restoration of the ancient city of Hatra. This city in northern Mesopotamia, with a history covering more than five centuries, was allied with the Parthian empire against the Romans, and the only city to resist the might of armies led by emperors Trajan and Septimius Severus. The Sassanid ruler Shapur I put an end to its political role in 240/1 CE, but its final end came at the hands of Shapur II, probably during the first quarter of the fourth century CE.

A study of the archaeology, history, architecture, sculpture, excavation and restoration of the ancient city of Hatra. This city in northern Mesopotamia, with a history covering more than five centuries, was allied with the Parthian empire against the Romans, and the only city to resist the might of armies led by emperors Trajan and Septimius Severus. The Sassanid ruler Shapur I put an end to its political role in 240/1 CE, but its final end came at the hands of Shapur II, probably during the first quarter of the fourth century CE.

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ContributorBiography

WathiqAl-Salihi

Wathiq Al-Salihi gained a BA in Archaeology at the College of Arts of the University of Baghdad in 1962, and a PhD in Classical Archaeology at Princeton University in 1969. He worked at the State Board of Antiquities until 1978, where he was field director of the expedition to Hatra. He then taught at the University of Baghdad and also supervised the work at Hatra. In 1988 he became Professor of Archaeology, and in 1989 he was a Fulbright scholar at UCLA and the University of Pittsburg. He taught Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the College of Arts, University of of Sanaa, Yemen, until 2014 when he immigrated to Canada. He has written numerous articles published in various scholarly journals and supervised many MA and PhD theses at the universities of Baghdad and Sanaa.

Table of Contents (v)
Acknowledgments (vii)
List of Figures, Maps and Plans (ix)
Figures (ix)
Maps (xii)
Plans (xii)
Introduction (1)
The Discovery of Hatra (3)
I. The Site and its Environment (7)
II. Historical Background (13)
III. The Fortifications (39)
IV. Architecture (61)
The Great Temple (61)
The Temple of šmš (Shamash) (83)
The Hellenistic Temple (89)
The Temple of Allat (92)
The Watering Temple (94)
The Council House (95)
The Small Shrines (96)
Shrine of zqyqʾ/Nergal (or Shrine I—according to order of discovery) (98) Shrine of zqyqʾ/Nergal (Shrine II) (107)
Shrines III of bʾʿlšʾmyin and IV of ʾtrʿtʾ (112)
Shrine of Issarbel (Shrine V) (115)
Shrine VI (121)
Shrine of Hercules/Nergal (Shrine VII) (123)
Shrine VIII (smyʾ) (126)
Shrine of šmš and Hercules/Nergal (Shrine IX) (131)
Shrine of Hercules/Nergal (Shrine X) (135)
Shrine of Nergal (Shrine XI) (139)
Shrine of nbw (Shrine XII) (143)
Shrine of gndʾ (Shrine XIII) (151)
Shrine of nny “Nannay” (Shrine XIV) (161)
The Tombs (164)
Residential Quarters (170)
V. The Sculpture (183)
VI. The Divinities of Hatra (205)
Bibliography (211)
Index (217)

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