Step by step: correcting our mental image of the mušlālu

Tudeau, Johanna (23 June 2015). Step by step: correcting our mental image of the mušlālu (Unpublished). In: Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale. Genf/Bern. 23.06.2015.

The mušlālu, which is usually understood to be a step- or ramped gate, has so far rarely been discussed in much detail, even though the texts mentioning it have been known for a long time. This is no doubt because the evidence on which to base both philological and archaeological investigations appears sparse and scattered. Up to now, scholars have tended to focus on specific mušlālu-structures. Consequently, there are as many discussions as there are mušlālu-structures. This article attempts to get a sense of the broader picture by bringing together the philological and archaeological data hitherto available with the aim of discussing the mušlālu as term and structure, clarifying the semantics and reassessing the architectural identifications. We hope to demonstrate that it is actually possible to take the evidence one step further and correct the mušlālu image that prevails.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Near Eastern Archaeology

UniBE Contributor:

Tudeau, Johanna


900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)




Alexander Ericson Sollee

Date Deposited:

25 May 2016 10:04

Last Modified:

25 May 2016 10:04

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Neuassyrische Periode; Vorderasiatische Archäologie; Assyriologie; Altoirentalistik;


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