Names of Walls, Gates, and Palatial Structures of Assyrian Royal Cities: Contents, Styles, and Ideology

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 f...

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Published in:Orient
Main Author: Yamada, Shigeo 1959-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Soc. 2020
In: Orient
Year: 2020, Volume: 55, Pages: 87-104
Further subjects:B names of city gates and palaces
B Assyrian Empire
B Royal Ideology
B Mesopotamian theology
B capitals
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Summary: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.
ISSN:1884-1392
Contains:Enthalten in: Orient
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.5356/orient.55.87