Women in Philistia: The archaeological record of the Iron Age

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Our image of Philistine women is heavily influenced by the biblical narrative of Samson and Delilah (Judg. 13), and even more so by baroque imagery of their ill-fated relationship. The moment of Delilah’s betrayal was portrayed on canvas in Anthony van Dyck’s, Rembrandt’s, and Peter Paul Rubens’ identically titled works, Samson and Delilah. Depictions in pieces of performance art include Milton’s (1671) tragedy Samson Agonistes-on which Handel’s (1743) oratorio Samson (HWV 57) is based-and also Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949 feature, Samson and Delilah.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen in Antiquity
Subtitle of host publicationReal Women across the Ancient World
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781317219910
ISBN (Print)9781138808362
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Stephanie Lynn Budin and Jean MacIntosh Turfa.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences

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