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Creating Capitals

The Rationale, Construction, and Function of the Imperial Capitals of Assyria

Edited by Jef Jacobs, Kenny Louwen, Bart Veldhoen, and Barend Verkerk

Distributed for Leiden University Press

Creating Capitals

The Rationale, Construction, and Function of the Imperial Capitals of Assyria

Edited by Jef Jacobs, Kenny Louwen, Bart Veldhoen, and Barend Verkerk
An archaeological history of the Assyrian Empire’s four capitals.

The Assyrian Empire moved and rebuilt its capital city three times—at Kar-Tukulti-Ninurta, Kalhu, Dur-Šarruken, and Nineveh. Creating Capitals explores why and how Assyria constructed these capitals as well as how they functioned within the empire. Drawing on extensive research, Aris Politopoulos offers a sweeping comparative analysis of these four ancient cities and proposes a new framework for understanding the construction of capitals in human history.

181 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 8 1/4 x 10 1/4

Archaeological Studies Leiden University

Archaeology

Literature and Literary Criticism: Germanic Languages


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