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Palace of Ashurbanipal

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker
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Last modified Feb 09, 2018 02:07 PM History
The Neo-Assyrian king Ashurbanipal built a grand royal residence in the citadel of Nineveh. It was located north and east of the temples of the god Nabû (Ezida) and the goddess Ištar (Emašmaš), and it was constructed on the site of an older, smaller palace. Ashurbanipal referred to this palace as the bīt redûti ("House of Succession"); in scholarly literature, it is often referred to as the "North Palace." A small portion of the once-grand Assyrian palace is still visible today.

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Akkadian inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian king Ashurbanipal dated to 645-ca. 643/642 B.C. record the rebuilding and expansion of the bīt redûti ("House of Succession"), a building whose purpose was to train the heir designate in the art of kingship. According to those same texts, the "House of Succession" is where Ashurbanipal’s grandfather Sennacherib was trained to become king and where he exercised kingship; where Ashurbanipal’s father Esarhaddon grew up and raised his own family; and where Ashurbanipal himself was educated and trained to be king of Assyria. It is possible that Ashurbanipal’s fondness for this palace might have had something to do with the fact that he had been born there.

No Sumerian ceremonial name appears to have been given to the bīt redûti. The palace was excavated in 1853-55, 1873-74, 1878-ca. 1880, 1889-90, and 1904-05.

A "North Palace" seems to have existed at Nineveh from the Middle Assyrian Period onwards. Based on the find spots of inscriptions, that royal residence appears to have originally lain northwest, not northeast, of the Ištar temple (Emašmaš).

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Jamie Novotny, and Jeffrey Becker, 'Palace of Ashurbanipal: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 10 December 2023]

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