Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Palace of Sargon at Khorsabad

Fig. 1 - Sennacherib Leading Courtiers into the Presence of King Sargon
     The main room of the palace of Sargon was about 92 feet in length and was lined, as is typical of Assyrian palaces, with monumental sculptures. One section of the walls show a procession of courtiers approaching Sargon, with crown prince Sennacherib (far left in figure 1) leading them into the presence of his father.

     Some claim that the flabby, beardless features of the courtiers in this scene indicates that they are eunuchs. Notice the rightmost figure, who is waving his arm at the courtiers behind him (to urge them forward?).

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