Sardanapalus


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Sardanapalus

(särdənăp`ələs), in the Persica of CtesiasCtesias
, fl. 400 B.C., Greek historian and physician of Cnidus. He lived many years in the Persian court. He tended Artaxerxes II when he was wounded in the battle of Cunaxa (401 B.C.). In 398 he was sent by the Persians as envoy to Evagoras and Conon.
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, an Assyrian monarch who lived in great luxury. He was besieged in Nineveh by the Medes for two years, at the end of which time he set fire to his palace and burned himself and his court to death. Byron wrote a tragedy on the theme. The identity of Sardanapalus is a complete mystery, as the facts given in the legend certainly do not fit those of the life of AssurbanipalAssurbanipal
or Ashurbanipal
, d. 626? B.C., king of ancient Assyria (669–633 B.C.), son and successor of Esar-Haddon. The last of the great kings of Assyria, he drove Taharka out of Egypt and firmly established Necho in power there only to have Necho's son
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, with whom some have tried to identify him.
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Lambertson, Delacroix's Sardanapalus, Champmartin's Janissaries, and Liberalism in the Late Restoration', Oxford Art Journal, 25:2 (2002), 65-85; J.
Browne is, in Merson's book, too realistic, too chaste, too boring, and too feminine; he seems to have preferred another depiction of a sultan's willful violence, lavish possessions, and sexual powers, as in Delacroix's Death of Sardanapalus.
In creating the image of Sardanapalus reclined on a luxurious bed, watching an orgy-turned-massacre with cavalier fascination, Delacroix was bucking the European tradition of predecessors like David and Guerin, who created majestic but orderly and usually stoical death scenes for Western heroes like Socrates and Cato.
The artistry of Howling Dog publisher Michael Annis's production is evident in the colorful fold-out of Delacroix's painting, The Death of Sardanapalus and in Mike Romoth's contemporary Sardanapalus in Guernica.
The Death of Sardanapalus & Other Poems of the Iraq Wars is an impassioned, no-holds-barred critique written during the first term of President George W.
Although Gilbert makes excellent use of Sardanapalus, too often omitted from this field of study, a repeated error in the spelling of his name might hamper students using this book as a launch pad for their own research (pp.
In his early grandes machines--such a The Death of Sardanapalus and The Massacres at Chios--an invisible proscenium frames the dramas within a stage-like setting at a respectful remove from the audience.
Sloth depicts the gluttonous Assyrian king Sardanapalus and his defeat by the general Arbactus, a story told in several contemporary sources, including George Whetstone's English Mirror (1586) and Thomas Beard's Theatre of God's Judgement (1597).
In France too the association of sexuality with the East appears in the paintings of Jean August Ingres, and especially in Eugene Delacroix's Death of Sardanapalus.
Delacroix, with his splendid canvas The Death of Sardanapalus (1827-8) is a case in point.
Other panels represent various female allegorical virtues conquering famous tyrants: Faith squashing Mahomet, Hope against Judas, Temperance conquering Sardanapalus.
Like Delacroix's Death of Sardanapalus (1827), Ukraine is a fantasy space or screen of the imagination onto which violent desires, erotic or sadistic or both, can be projected with impunity.