The Mesopotamian Sublime: Time, Matter, Image in Mesopotamian Antiquity

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The lecture develops the idea of an ‘art-time’ by exploring the aesthetics of the sublime in Mesopotamian antiquity. The paper argues that there was a conception of the sublime that comes into play in the deep time seen in the foundation deposits with their interred statues and texts, and in the elevated, timeless cliff sculptures of the northern Mesopotamian landscape.