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Qusayr  'AmraArt and the Umayyad Elite in Late Antique Syria$
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Garth Fowden

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520236653

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520236653.001.0001

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Quṣayr ʿAmra Contextualized

Quṣayr ʿAmra Contextualized

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(p.248) 9 Quṣayr ʿAmra Contextualized
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Qusayr 'Amra
Author(s):

Garth Fowden

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520236653.003.0009

This chapter bridges the gap between the iconographical studies and the hoped-for historical conclusions by examining those aspects of the monument that can not just show the identity and ideas of the patron, but also the social and intellectual milieu in which that patron lived and sought to communicate with his fellow men. Two very different but equally suggestive paintings are explored. The chapter addresses the linguistic environment and other comparable structures. Study of Quṣayr 'Amra's use of texts and labels in the Arabic and Greek languages offers hope of a more explicit approach to the problem of cultural contextualization. The chapter moves on beyond the venues of contextualization suggested by the frescoes and the texts inscribed upon them, to consider the problem from the perspective of the whole site. The typical Syrian or Jordanian qaQuṣr served primarily as the residence of a prosperous man, and his family, retainers, and fighters.

Keywords:   Quṣayr 'Amra, cultural contextualization, Arabic languages, Greek languages, patron, qaQuṣr

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