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Tree(S) On The Mountain: Landscape And Territory On The Victory Stele Of Naram-Sîn Of Agade

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This paper pursues the &t;Tree on the Mountain&t; of the Stele of Naram-Sin and its &t;meaning&t; within a Mesopotamian system of referencing the landscape. It reviews the human players on the stele: from the left, the soldiers of Naram-Sîn follow him up the slopes, two behind him in the upper-most line carrying the battle standards. The clothing and hairstyles of these enemy are particularly noteworthy. Naram-Sîn occupies the center, in the upper field. There are isolated several subsets for categories of landscape for which "referential," "symbolic" and/or "narrative" uses are distinguished. The trees on the mountain do not signal an identifi cation with a place, but rather an identifi cation of a place: an event that occurred in that landscape and no other; in that territory, on that frontier. The landscape elements on the Stele of Naram-Sîn should be considered an attribute of the Akkadian period.

Keywords: Agade; Akkadian period; categories of landscape; Naram-Sîn; tree on the mountain; victory stele



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