Bronse Age War Chariots by Nic Fields

By Nic Fields

Chariots, the 1st cellular battling motor vehicle, appear to have originated in Mesopotamia within the 3rd millennium BC. The hugely cellular two-wheeled conflict chariot, sporting a motive force and an archer armed with a quick composite bow, revolutionized army strategies after 1700 BC. This dear weapon unfold during the heart East and is believed to have reached Egypt with the conquering Hyksos. It unfold into Asia Minor, Greece, and was once identified in Northern Europe via 1500 BC. This booklet covers the evolution of the struggle chariot through the Bronze Age, detailing its layout, improvement and wrestle historical past - particularly its primary involvement on the conflict of Qadesh.

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67 Yasht 10, sec. 70, Malandra, Introduction, 67. 66 26 THE AURA OF KINGS over a subordinate recipient, and that Mithrā would be invoked in preference to Verethragna. Mithrāic symbolism A recent article by Franz Grenet produced two seals with lion masks and ram-horns underlined by a pair of wings (fig. 30). 68 Overlooked in his arguments was the pair of wings that we have associated with the khvarnah and its correlation with the ram in that context. , ram-horns, sun-mask, and wings) represent the khvarnah and are associated with Mithrāic symbolism.

D. ” in Res Orientales, VII (Leuven, 1995), 33. Bivar expounds his theory in relation to the Yazidis, whose cult is believed to be a descendant of Mithrāism. Our reference to the Yazidis concerning the tying of scarves and ribbons to rams (footnote 64 supra), and the common veneration of the scorpion (see footnote 76 infra), are perhaps added indications of that cultic affiliation. 72 Western Mithrāism refers to the religion that spread through the Roman Empire and was the most serious rival of Christianity at the time that Constantine the Great adopted the latter as the state religion; for a comprehensive study of its relationship with its Iranian origins, see R.

600), and 119 (no. 642); or Cambridge History of Iran, III(1), pl. 2 (Parthian coins) nos. 3-4. 81 Also, on a seal of Tigranes II of Armenia (95-56 BCE), an angel, who according to the Hellenistic and Roman traditions is generally referred to as Nike (Victory) or Tyche (Fortuna), is carrying above his head a duplicate of the spiked tiara that Tigranes wears; see Christie’s, Catalog of Antiquities (New York, June 8, 2001), lot 245. This confirms that such angels carried the main headgear of authority, be it crown, string, or tiara.

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