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'Decadence', 'Decline' and Persistence: Zafar and Himyar

Yule, Paul

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Abstract

In light of modern aesthetic thought, the idea of a linear development in OSA from good to bad in terms of artistic merit can and must be seen in a far more differentiated way than previously. During the Enlightment, in fact the main ontological model consisted of birth, maturity and decline. Nowadays, however, biological 'decline' is ameliorated analogously by means of a variety of options. Moreover, the post-modern historiographic movement inveighs against primitive evolutionary schemes in history. Historic and art historic parallels offer themselves between Late Antiquity in the Roman World and in Old South Arabia. The probable destruction of Zafar, during the mid 6th century, provides a terminus post quem for our topic.

Document type: Article
Date: 2007
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2008 15:26
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Italic Latin
Subject (Propylaeum): Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Controlled Subjects: Zafar, Himyar, Kunst, Historiographie, Dekadenz
Uncontrolled Keywords: Altsüdarabien , postmoderne Historiographiedecadence , Himyarite art , Old South Arabia , post-modern historiography , Zafar
Subject (classification): History of the ancient world to ca. 499
Countries/Regions: Other parts of ancient world (Antiquity)
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