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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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Palatial Spaces

Palatial Spaces

(p.185) 9 Palatial Spaces
The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces

David Kertai

Oxford University Press

Chapter 9 focuses on the five main types of space that can be identified in Late Assyrian royal palaces. It distinguishes between reception rooms, bathrooms, and storage spaces. These rooms incorporated a standardized set of installations, such as ‘tram-rails’ for heating, so-called libation slabs, and different types of recess. The reception rooms formed the centre of each suite, and comprised the most monumental and central entrance, functioning as threshold spaces. Bathrooms are ubiquitous in all palaces, part of almost all suites, and quite similar in their architecture regardless of their location. They seem to have functioned as ablution rooms combining common bathroom functions with cultic activity. The chapter ends with a discussion of courtyards and corridors, which formed the main spaces of movement within the palace.

Keywords:   reception room, bathroom, toilet, libation, treasury, archive room, wine storage, light, ventilation

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