IMHICIHU   13380
INSTITUTO MULTIDISCIPLINARIO DE HISTORIA Y CIENCIAS HUMANAS
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
congresos y reuniones científicas
Título:
Commensality and Political Nurture in the Amarna Letters
Autor/es:
EMANUEL PFOH
Lugar:
Turín
Reunión:
Congreso; 67th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale 'Eating and Drinking in the Ancient Near East', Torino, Italy - 13-17 July 2021; 2021
Institución organizadora:
International Association of Assyriology / Università di Torino
Resumen:
The Amarna letters constitute a key record of data on inter-regional relations in Southwest Asia during the second half of the 14th century BCE, expanding its interpretive potentialities to the whole of the Late Bronze Age. But, especially, they also convey a plethora of information about ideologies and political traditions active in the Levant during that period. Further, the Amarna intellectual universe?at least for Syria-Palestine?shares many features with the much later imagination and symbolism of politics and sociability found in the biblical texts. In particular, two clear aspects involving food (or the idea of food in its different expressions and manifestations) could be identified at first glance in the textual record: (1) on an earthly level, eating and drinking, as part of the political sociability of two contacting parties (i.e., a ´diplomatic´ performance); and (2) on a cosmological level, the symbolic nurture (equally effective as political action) provided by the breath of the Egyptian king for the Syro-Palestinian petty kings, which involves political expressions and expectations as well. This paper explores, from a socio-anthropological perspective, some textual examples concerning both of these aspects, in order to illustrate the different articulations of the sociability and symbolism of food and drink. In sum, it is aimed to expose how situations of commensality and nurture constitute an important part of the socio-political world at work in the Levant in ancient times.