Naeh and D. Brostowsky Gilboa (eds.), The Ancient Throne: The Mediterranean, Near East, and Beyond, from the 3rd Millennium BCE to the 14th Century CE. Proceedings of the Workshop held at the 10th ICAANE in Vienna, April 2016 (International Series OREA, 14), Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna 2020.

The volume features studies focusing on specific thrones known from historical texts, artistic depictions, or excavations, or that offer an overview of the role of thrones from as early as ancient Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BCE to as late as Iran and China in the 14th century CE. Its diverse articles all present thrones as a meaningful category of material culture, one that may inspire both inter-cultural and intra-cultural insights on how types of chairs may embody or induce notions of kingship and a range of concepts pertaining to the religious, ideological, and social spheres.

Table of Contents

Preface by the Series Editor

Liat Naeh – Dana Brostowsky Gilboa: Preface

Liat Naeh: In the Presence of the Ancient Throne: An Introduction

Claudia E. Suter: The Play with Throne Designs in Third Millennium BCE Mesopotamia

Caroline J. Tully – Sam Crooks: Enthroned Upon Mountains: Constructions of Power in the Aegean Bronze Age

Christina Ruth Johnson: To Sit in Splendour: The Ivory Throne as an Agent of Identity in Tomb 79 from Salamis, Cyprus

Yael Young: Throne Among the Gods: A Short Study of the Throne in Archaic Greek Iconography

Aaron Koller: Thrones and Crowns: On the Regalia of the West Semitic Monarchy

Elizabeth Simpson: The Throne of King Midas

Niccolò Manassero: The Ivory Thrones from Parthian Nisa: Furniture Design between Philhellenism and Iranian Revival

Sheila Blair: Women Enthroned: From Mongol to Muslim

Allegra Iafrate: Solomon as Kosmokratōr and the Fashioning of his Mechanical Throne from a Comparative Perspective


For a past public lecture on a questionable interpretation of a stone block from Mycenae as the throne of Agamemnon, see here.

For more information by the Austrian Academy of Sciences here.