Book Announcement: Varian Studies Volume Three: A Varian Symposium

Varian Studies Volume Three: A Varian Symposium now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp440, £67.99 / $114.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Varian Studies Volume Three: A Varian Symposium, edited by Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado.

Heliogabalus and Elagabalus are names given since late antiquity to the mythical or legendary avatar of Varius Avitus Bassianus. Varius was Roman emperor AD 218–222, ruling as Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. He was simultaneously High Priest of the Syrian sun god Elagabal. Heliogabalus and Elagabalus, names derived from Elagabal, are often used as misnomers for Varius himself, but more properly designate his avatar, who is far better known than Varius. The Varian avatar, under these and other names, survives and thrives in historiography, as well as in more avowedly creative literature, music, dance, the visual arts, and popular culture. Continue reading

Book Announcement: The Land of Fertility II: The Southeast Mediterranean from the Bronze Age to the Muslim Conquest

The Land of Fertility II: The Southeast Mediterranean from the Bronze Age to the Muslim Conquest now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp150, £63.99 / $108.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Land of Fertility II: The Southeast Mediterranean from the Bronze Age to the Muslim Conquest, edited by Łukasz Miszk and Maciej Wacławik.

The contributions in this volume are based on papers presented at the second international conference on “The Land of Fertility”, held at the Institute of Archaeology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, in June 2015. This event was part of a cycle of conferences concerning the area of the so-called “Fertile Crescent”, a region in the south-east Mediterranean where the modern world started its development at the very beginning of human civilisation. This volume presents a detailed analysis of the cities in this region, and their formation and development, as well as the urbanisation process, relations between urban centres, and urban ideology. The period covered here spans from the beginning of the Bronze Age through the ancient era to the Muslim Conquest. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Varian Studies Volume Two: Elagabal

Varian Studies Volume Two: Elagabal now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp346, £64.99 / $105.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Varian Studies Volume Two: Elagabal by Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado and Raúl de la Fuente Marcos.

Elagabal is the name of the Syrian sun god whose high priest Varius was, at the same time as Roman emperor, AD 218–222. Because of this connexion, Varius was misnamed Heliogabalus or Elagabalus long after his death. Second in the series Varian Studies, this book discusses Elagabal’s architectural and sculptural artefacts in Rome. These are represented by the Palatine site of the Varian Temple of Elagabal in Rome, and by relief sculpture on column capitals found in the Roman Forum, showing Elagabal with other deities, in a scene of sacrifice here reconstructed as Elagabal’s Idyll. The Varian Temple of Elagabal in Rome confirms on topographical grounds an hypothesis regarding the site of that temple on the Palatine, concurring with current archaeological opinion based on other grounds. It also shows that the site in question has definite astronomical implications. Elagabal’s Idyll gives a full account of scholarship concerning the three column capitals and the debate about their origin and function. It then goes on to analyse the iconography of one of them in order to explore the cosmology, theology and ritual of the cult of Elagabal. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Humans and the Environment in Northern Baikal Siberia During the Late Pleistocene

Humans and the Environment in Northern Baikal Siberia During the Late Pleistocene now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp356, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Humans and the Environment in Northern Baikal Siberia During the Late Pleistocene by E.M. Ineshin and A.V. Tetenkin.

The site of Bol’shoy Yakor’ I is one of the most intensively investigated Late Pleistocene sites in Eastern Siberia. This volume compiles and presents the outcome of more than three decades of research by the authors in English for the first time.  Continue reading

Book Announcement: Cremation, Corpses and Cannibalism: Comparative Cosmologies and Centuries of Cosmic Consumption

Cremation, Corpses and Cannibalism: Comparative Cosmologies and Centuries of Cosmic Consumption now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp205, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Cremation, Corpses and Cannibalism: Comparative Cosmologies and Centuries of Cosmic Consumption by Anders Kaliff and Terje Oestigaard.

Death matters and the matters of death are initially, and to a large extent, the decaying flesh of the corpse. Cremation as a ritual practice is the fastest and most optimal way of dissolving the corpse’s flesh, either by annihilation or purification, or a combination. Still, cremation was not the final rite, and the archaeological record testifies that the dead represented a means to other ends – the flesh, and not the least the bones – have been incorporated in a wide range of other ritual contexts. While human sacrifices and cannibalism as ritual phenomena are much discussed in anthropology, archaeology has an advantage, since the actual bone material leaves traces of ritual practices that are unseen and unheard of in the contemporary world. As such, this book fleshes out a broader and more coherent understanding of prehistoric religions and funeral practices in Scandinavia by focusing on cremation, corpses and cannibalism.
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Meet our Authors: Wendy Morrison – June 2017

Wendy A. Morrison holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and is currently a Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Archaeology. She has worked in both commercial and research archaeology since 2007, and has excavated all over Britain, as well as the Channel Islands and in India. She lectures at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and is currently the Director of the Great Ouse Ancient Landscape (GOAL) project. Her research interests include zoomorphic art in prehistory, integrated GIS mapping of developer-funded excavation, and the archaeological expressions of ancient worldviews.

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