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I. Ancient Orient and Egypt

Apart from their architectural function as the transition between inside and outside or between spatial units of a building, doors possessed a symbolic and magical meaning in the Ancient Orient and Egypt. For example, in the Neo-Assyrian period (9th -7th cents. BC), doors and passages of public buildings were flanked by apotropaic hybrid creatures.

In the Ancient Orient doors mostly consisted of wooden posts to which a panel of wood or reed wa…

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Hausleiter and Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Door”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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