The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces

May 3, 2021
The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces

The Late Assyrian Empire (c. 900 - 612 BCE) was the first stateto rule over the major centres of the Middle East, and the LateAssyrian court inhabited some of the most monumental palaces of itstime. The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces isthe first volume to provide an in-depth analysis of Late Assyrianpalatial architecture, offering a general introduction to all keyroyal palaces in the major centres of the empire: Assur, Kaluhu,Dur-Sharruken, and Nineveh.Where previous research has often focused on the duality betweenpublic and private realms, this volume redefines the culturalprinciples governing these palaces and proposes a new historicalframework, analysing the spatial organization of the palacecommunity which placed the king front and centre. It bringstogether the architecture of such palaces as currently understoodwithin the broader framework of textual and art-historical sources,and argues that architectural changes were guided by a need toaccommodate ever larger groups as the empire grew in size.