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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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Sargon II (722–705)

Sargon II (722–705)

(p.83) 5 Sargon II (722–705)
The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces

David Kertai

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 focuses on the main palaces of Sargon’s newly founded royal town of Dur-Sharruken. It is unclear whether these palaces were ever completely finished, but they were certainly not occupied for more than a few years by the royal family. The main Royal Palace is described as being organized through a unique system of quadrants. The palace proper occupied two of these quadrants and is remarkably similar in its constitutive parts to the earlier Northwest Palace in Kalḫu. The main difference is to be found in the expansion of the number of reception suites, which were placed along the palace’s terraces. The largest suite introduced some of the architectural features that came to typify the palatial suites of the seventh century. This included an increase in the size of the suite as well as a more monumental and permeable interior.

Keywords:   Sargon II, Dur-Sharruken, Palace F, Victor Place, reception suites

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