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Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und Vorderasiatische Archäologie

Ed. by Sallaberger, Walther

Together with Cavigneaux, Antoine / Frame, Grant / Otto, Adelheid / van den Hout, Theo P.J.

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Volume 98, Issue 2 (Jan 2008)


Akkadian turru (ṭurru B) “corner angle”, and the walls of Babylon

A. R. George
Published Online: 2008-12-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ZA.2008.014

This article (a) examines the Akkadian word turru, sometimes ṭurru, in architectural contexts and finds it to designate an angle at the intersection of two walls. In the light of this discovery the article goes on (b) to elucidate passages of Nebuchadnezzar II's inscriptions that describe his construction of the defences of Babylon on either side of the Ištar Gate, and (c) to consider other instances of turru, from which it emerges (d) that the meaning “corner angle” is not confined to architectural contexts, and (e) that bīt turrī, a technical term in damming, probably has nothing to do with turru “corner angle”.

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Published Online: 2008-12-15

Published in Print: 2008-12-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie, ISSN (Online) 1613-1150, ISSN (Print) 0084-5299, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ZA.2008.014.

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