Chapter

The Six Kings

Garth Fowden

in Qusayr 'Amra

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780520236653
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929609 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520236653.003.0007
The Six Kings

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This chapter starts from the assumption that the portraits of six great rulers, with their careful labeling in both Arabic and Greek, will have attracted the particular attention of Quṣayr 'Amra's visitors and stimulated a variety of reactions. The six kings are symbolic figures who stand for the whole political and cultural heritage of the world the Arabs had now inherited. Their names (or titles) are painted above their heads in blueish-white letters on a blue background, the Greek version on top, the Arabic underneath. The kings are shown presenting their respects to the figures in the dynastic icon on the endwall, to which Caesar, on the left of the panel, stands closest. The obverse of Quṣayr 'Amra's sensitivity to the cultural legacy of the pre-Islamic world is a certain ambiguity about Islam itself.

Keywords: six kings; Quṣayr 'Amra; great rulers; Caesar; Arabs; Greek; Islam; cultural legacy

Chapter.  12818 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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