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Picturing Persian Victory: The Painted Battle Scene On The Munich Wood

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The Tatarli wooden tomb chamber is the latest known example of the old Phrygian tradition of the timber tomb construction. Unlike the earlier tumuli of the necropolis of Gordion it has a stone mantle and a dromos leading to the chamber. The author concludes that this battle scene bears no clear indications to connect it with a specific historical event; rather, it seems to depict an exemplary Persian victory over enemies, who are conveyed as a unified ethnic group by their uniform costumes and pointed caps. The article analyses the evidence of the iconography in detail with particular regard to the forms of narration and the context, and in the light of this review attempts to show alternative ways how this painted Persian victory may be viewed and interpreted.

Keywords: battle; iconography; Persian victory; Phrygia; unified ethnic group



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