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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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250 Years of Late Assyrian Palaces

250 Years of Late Assyrian Palaces

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The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces

David Kertai

Oxford University Press

The conclusion summarizes the core elements of Late Assyrian palace architecture and its changes through time. It defines a set of architectural multiplicities that shaped the palaces and traces the interplay between them. The multiplicities consist of rooms and their associated installations, which combine into different suites, which are joined with courtyards and corridors into palaces, which were part of a palatial community at the disposal of the Assyrian court. The chapter compares this way of organizing space to Assyrian residential and temple architecture. The book finishes with the hypothesis that the architectural history of Late Assyrian palace architecture can be described as an attempt to expand the capacity of its reception suites. This changed the organization of the palaces and the individual reception suites, which became larger, more monumental, and internally permeable over time.

Keywords:   accessibility, decoration, multiplicity, palace community, court society, state apartments, Assyrian temple architecture, Assyrian residential architecture

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