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Jane Hill, Sociology & Anthropology, publishes new book

Date: December 13, 2013


We congratulate Dr. Jane Hill, professor of Anthropology, on her most recent publication Experiencing Power, Generating Authority: Cosmos, Politics, and the Ideology of Kingship in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Penn Press). 

"Experiencing Power, Generating Authority draws on rich material records left behind by both kingdoms, from royal monuments and icons to the written deeds and commissions of kings. Thirteen essays provocatively juxtapose the relationships Egyptian and Mesopotamian kings had with their gods and religious mediators, as well as their subjects and court officials. They also explore the ideological significance of landscape in each kingdom, since the natural and built environment influenced the economy, security, and cosmology of these lands. The interplay of religion, politics, and territory is dramatized by the everyday details of economy, trade, and governance, as well as the social crises of war or the death of a king. Reexamining established notions of cosmic and political rule, Experiencing Power, Generating Authority challenges and deepens scholarly approaches to rulership in the ancient world." (Retrieved from       

Dr. Hill joined the department of Sociology and Anthropology faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2012 and was named co-curator of the Museum of Anthropology at Rowan University in Spring 2012.