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I višap armeni. Appunti per una storia della ricezione

Alessandra Gilibert    Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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Vishaps are large-scale prehistoric stelae decorated with animal reliefs, erected at secluded mountain locations of the South Caucasus. This paper focuses on the vishaps of modern Armenia and traces their history of re-use and manipulations, from the end of the third millennium BCE to the Middle Ages. Since their creation at an unknown point in time before 2100 BCE, vishaps functioned as symbolic anchors for the creation and transmission of religious and political messages: they were torn down, buried, re-worked, re-erected, transformed and used as a surface for graffiti. This complex sequence of re-contextualisations underscores the primacy of mountains as political arenas for the negotiation of religious and ritual meaning.

Published
Dec. 21, 2020
Accepted
July 20, 2020
Submitted
June 30, 2020
Language
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-495-0
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-469-1

Keywords: Armenian historyMegalithic artMonumentalitySouth Caucasus archaeologyBronze Age archaeologyArmenian prehistoryCross-stonesMedieval artDragon-stones

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