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Bibil Identifier bibil:217379
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Nabataean Dushārā - an Overlooked Cuirassed God
Author Kropp, Andreas J.M.
Journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly (Volume: 143, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 176-197 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper sheds new light on the images of the Nabataean god Dushārā on the coins of Roman Bostra under Commodus, Caracalla and Philip the Arab. It analyses and interprets for the first time iconographic details such as the god’s cuirass, his Alexander-like hairstyle and the assimilation of his facial features to the emperor of the day on the coin obverses. This study argues that Dushārā’s image is a late ad-hoc creation for a local Bostran context that did not travel far beyond the city. Alongside the anthropomorphic represen- tation, Dushārā continued to be depicted and worshipped in the form of a betyl at Bostra, Petra and throughout the Roman province of Arabia.
DOI 10.1179/003103211X13092562976090
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Nabateans
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Religion
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Iconography
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Numismatics
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