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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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Ashurnasirpal II (883–859)

Ashurnasirpal II (883–859)

(p.17) 2 Ashurnasirpal II (883–859)
The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces

David Kertai

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 introduces the spatial principles that governed Late Assyrian palatial architecture through a detailed discussion of the architecture of Ashurnasirpal II’s Northwest Palace in Kalḫu and Old Palace in Assur. It argues that Late Assyrian palaces placed the king and his main spaces front and centre within the palace, where they functioned as thresholds into the additional areas. The chapter identifies the main residential areas of both palaces as surrounding a single courtyard, located close to the main reception suites. This suggests that these palaces were occupied by a relatively small group of people. The Old Palace in Assur is much smaller than the Northwest Palace in Kalḫu and is best compared to provincial palaces such as the palace excavated in Til Barsip.

Keywords:   Ashurnasirpal II, Kalḫu/Kalah/Nimrud, Northwest Palace, Old Palace, Assur/Ashur

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