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Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and EgyptFrom Sargon of Agade to Saddam Hussein$
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Harriet Crawford

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263907

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263907.001.0001

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The Mesopotamian ‘Rod and Ring’: Icon of Righteous Kingship and Balance of Power between Palace and Temple

The Mesopotamian ‘Rod and Ring’: Icon of Righteous Kingship and Balance of Power between Palace and Temple

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(p.36) (p.37) 3 The Mesopotamian ‘Rod and Ring’: Icon of Righteous Kingship and Balance of Power between Palace and Temple
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Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and Egypt
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Kathryn E. Slanski

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263907.003.0003

This chapter examines the so-called ‘rod and ring’, the identified symbol of the balance of power between the two premier institutions of ancient Mesopotamia, the palace and the temple. It proposes an identification of the ‘rod and ring’ that is rooted in the indigenous Mesopotamian conceptualization of justice. It suggests that the ‘rod and ring’ scene in royal monuments also signified righteous kingship sanctified by the gods and it communicated an aspect of the enduring relationship between the palace and the temple which served to secure the institutional continuity that endured throughout more than three millennia of regime change.

Keywords:   rod and ring, palace, temple, ancient Mesopotamia, justice, kingship, God, institutional continuity, regime change

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