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The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces$
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David Kertai

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723189.001.0001

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The Palace and its Suites

The Palace and its Suites

(p.205) 10 The Palace and its Suites
The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces

David Kertai

Oxford University Press

Chapter 10 discusses the four main suite types described in this book. It starts by arguing why Late Assyrian palaces did not posses second storeys. It provides general arguments and discusses the evidence for the main royal palaces. The chapter discusses the nature of Late Assyrian thronerooms and associated features such as the throne, the throne dais, the throneroom ramp, and its possible Assyrian designations. It continues with a discussion of the Double-sided Reception Suites and the Dual-Core Suites, i.e. the two other main types of reception suite. The chapter finishes with a discussion of the Residential/Reception Suites. Their architecture indicates that they were primarily reception rooms and only secondarily places for sleeping. Architecturally, they do not appear to have made special accommodations for sleeping, but were geared towards receiving guests

Keywords:   second storey, throneroom, staircase, reception suites, residential suites, bedroom, office, the King’s Suite, betu šaniu

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