Names of Walls, Gates, and Palatial Structures of Assyrian Royal Cities

  • YAMADA Shigeo
    1 Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba

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  • Contents, Styles, and Ideology


<p> This paper deals with the names given to the city walls, city gates, and palatial structures in Assyrian capital cities, Assur, Kalhu, Dur-Šarrukin, and Nineveh, in the NeoAssyrian period. These names comprised popular names, which were supposedly used daily, and ceremonial names, which were given for ceremonial-ideological purposes. The names were formulated differently in various cities and in different periods, reflecting the change of historical circumstances and contemporary political-theological ideologies. The naming of the architectural works in later Assyria represented the increasing imperialistic pride of Assyrian kings about their world dominion, claiming the prominence of the capital as the navel of the world in political, economic, and religious senses. In this way, they particularly challenged the traditional Mesopotamian cosmic order, in the center of which Babylon and its god Marduk had been placed. </p>


  • Orient

    Orient 55 (0), 87-104, 2020

    The Society for Near Eastern Studies in Japan


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