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Creating capitals: The rationale, construction, and function of the imperial capitals of Assyria

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Politopoulos, A. (2020) 

Doctoral Thesis 
 
The creation of new capital cities are watershed moments in the lives of ancient empires. Assyria, arguably the most successful imperial state of the ancient Near East, repeatedly engaged in capital creation. Capital creation denotes the development of a monumental capital, either in a new location or through the profound transformation of a pre-existing settlement. This dissertation focusses on the rationale, construction, and function of the imperial capitals of Assyria: Kār-Tukultī-Ninurta, Kalḫu, Dur-Šarrukēn, and Nineveh.

By exploring three key questions – why was a capital created, how was a capital created, and what were the functions of the capital – this study presents a comparative analysis of these four urban centers and presents a new perspective on their creation, as well as an innovative framework for the study of capital creation from antiquity to today. 
 
All authors
Politopoulos, A.
Supervisor
Akkermans, P.M.M.G.
Co-supervisor
Düring, B.S.
Comittee
Kolen, J.C.A.; Vroom, J.A.C.; Morandi, D.; Waerzeggers, C.; Meijer, D.J.W.
Qualification
Doctor (dr.)
Awarding Institution
Faculty of Archaeology , Leiden University
Date
2020-11-26
Title of host publication
Archaeological Studies Leiden University
Publisher
Leiden: Leiden University Press (LUP)
ISBN
9789087283520 ; 9789400603882

 


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