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Title: From Median to Achaemenian Palace Architecture
Author(s): HUFF, Dietrich
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 40    Date: 2005   
Pages: 371-395
DOI: 10.2143/IA.40.0.583217

Abstract :
The Achaemenian apadana-type palace appeared under Darius I. (522486 BC) in its fully developed shape and continued to be built basically unchanged throughout the Achaemenian period. The question of its formation remained open despite repeated discussions. A serious problem for the solution of the question is a certain incompatibility with its historically secured predecessors, the palatial buildings of Cyrus in Pasargadae. The basic problem however, seems to be the limitation of research to formal developments. Architecture cannot be understood as an art-historical phenomenon alone. It is the result of an entirety of habits of life, of functional, practical, technical, emotional traditional and esthetical factors.

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