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Ritual Violence in the Hebrew BibleNew Perspectives$
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Saul M. Olyan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190249588

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190249588.001.0001

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Urbicide

Urbicide

The Ritualized Killing of Cities in the Ancient Near East

Chapter:
(p.147) 8 Urbicide
Source:
Ritual Violence in the Hebrew Bible
Author(s):

Jacob L. Wright

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190249588.003.0009

The chapter introduces the concept of urbicide to the study of the ancient world, with a focus on the ancient Near East. Urbicide refers to the premeditated and deliberate destruction of cities, their iconic architecture, and their identity. The city per se is the target of aggression. The chapter begins with a history of the concept and then treats examples from royal annals and iconography from the ancient Near East and Egypt, before turning to the biblical evidence. It concludes by bringing the findings of the chapter to bear on the study of ritual and rituals of violence.

Keywords:   urbicide, genocide, destruction of memory, ritual, iconography, royal inscriptions, laments, ancient Near East, Women of Troy, oracles against the nations

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