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Every organisation needs to introduce itself in a target audience, promote its products and establish its presence amongst other competitive parties. This also applies to cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, archives, private or public stakeholders. Usually their approach involves the use of IT and especially the Web. Through these technologies they document, digitise, study, disseminate and exhibit their cultural wealth. Of common practice is the usage of ontologies and…
Friday, 05 September 2014 14:10

ALABASTRON AS A SYMBOL OF DIVINE PROTECTION

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In 2009, during the construction of a new campus at the university in Tartous, Syria, a new tomb was discovered. Inside the grave was a sarcophagus with three pieces of alabastron. In this paper we critically discuss the value of this magisterial material and its role in funeral rites. The answer may depend on ritual practice, in which this unique material was used as an aristocratic symbol, and by examining…
Within about 3000 BC began the process of urbanization, shifting to build big cities, northeast Syria, in the beginning of the Early Bronze Age. The archaeologists were able to identify the above-mentioned urbanization process in different civilized criteria according to the region where it was established. For example, in the Upper Mesopotamia specifically from Nineveh, north of Iraq, to the KhabourBasin in the northeast Syria called the Ninevite 5 period.…
  Two anthropomorphic Phoenician marble sarcophagi, located in a necropolis from the territory of the Phoenician site Amrit are discussed in a formal analysis of each and a spatial ontextualization of their discoveries from rescue excavation. A comparison with other sarcophagi known in the region with similar characteristics, e.g. raw materials, style, and the representation of gender across the entire Mediterranean basin, is made. The origin and the date of…
In this paper we will examine the anthropological dimensions of the Christian martyr’s embodiment of pain which we consider to be a shaping factor of the identity of Byzantine culture. The Christian martyr’s cultural presence gave Christians a meaning and a reason to exist as it heralded his/her salvation. Furthermore, the dramatic depiction of martyrical scenes in Post-Byzantine monuments under the Ottoman rule, mainly in the 16th century, served an…

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