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Citadel Gate

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Feb 06, 2018 06:03 AM History
The East Gate or Citadel Gate was located on the southeast side of the citadel of Nineveh and it was one of several gates from which the upper town could be accessed from the lower town via a long, stone ramp.

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gate (of a city), city gate


The existence of the citadel wall and the citadel gate delimiting the main area of the citadel is presumed for many periods. This gate is mentioned in Akkadian inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian kings Sennacherib, Esarhaddon, and Ashurbanipal. The 7th century gate has been partially excavated and its gatehouse was located at the northeastern end of Sennacherib’s Palace (the South-West Palace). One of its entrances was flanked by a pair of gigantic human-headed winged bulls; the stone apotropaic gateway statues bear an Akkadian inscription of Sennacherib.

Assyrian kings record that they publically humiliated captured enemies in the Citadel Gate; for example, one recalcitrant ruler was chained there with a dog, a pig, and a bear.

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Jamie Novotny, 'Citadel Gate: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 23 June 2024]

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