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Palaces and Places: Conclusion

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A Carolingian palace, one from the Ottonian period, a Byzantine monastery and the Caliphal court of the ʿAbbāsids seem to have many things in common. The most obvious is that they are places which at some time had a physical reality, an architectural structure, a moment of material construction, also, in many cases, of destruction - and specialized offices and people. Permanence and impersonality, also basic institutional elements, are seen in the fact that, as a common feature in the different areas under study, the palaces maintained the royal power even in the absence of the sovereign. Permanence and impersonality, also basic institutional elements, are seen in the fact that, as a common feature in the different areas under study, the palaces maintained the royal power even in the absence of the sovereign.

Keywords: Byzantine monastery; Caliphal court; Carolingian palace; impersonality; Ottonian period; permanence

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