A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Architecture by Gwendolyn Leick

By Gwendolyn Leick

This Dictionary provides a complete survey of the full variety of historical close to jap structure from the Neolithic around huts in Palestine to the enormous temples of Ptolemaic Egypt. Gwendolyn Leick examines the improvement of the important forms of old structure inside their geographical and ancient context, and describes beneficial properties of significant websites similar to Ur, Nineveh and Babylon, in addition to the various lesser-known websites. She additionally covers the differences of general historical architectural constructions comparable to pyramids, tombs and homes, information the development fabric and methods hired, and clarifies professional terminology.

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This site was investigated by Sir Leonard Woolley 12 Ambulatory, mamissi at Philae (GraecoRoman period) ANATOLIAN ARCHITECTURE shrines, such as peripteral chapels or MAMISSIS, had a covered ambulatory, often supported by pillars or columns round the main shrine. Anatolian architecture The geographical position of Anatolia determined to some extent its cultural affinities. The west shared in the Aegean tradition, the south was open to the Levant and Syria, as well as Mesopotamia further east. The central highlands were more cut off and developed a vernacular style of architecture which was ideally suited to the prevailing conditions.

It was set within the vast sacred precinct on the southern end of the town, surrounded by the river, a canal, a double wall and the Processional Way. The Sumerian name of the ziggurat was Etemenanki, ‘The Foundation of Heaven and Earth’. It stood in its own enclosure and is now badly denuded. Descriptions by Herodotus and a Babylonian scholar called Anu-bel-šunu describe it as having had seven stages of different colours with a temple at the top. Archaeologists discovered a core consisting of the ruins of previous ziggurats, which had been levelled and enlarged several times before Nebukadrezzar added a casing (15m thick) of burnt brick.

The private HOUSES of Assur which belonged to the wealthy officials, were spacious dwellings of a tripartite plan with a reception room giving access to the private quarters behind. Corbel-vaulted brick tombs, and also some with true vaults, were built underneath the houses. The royal tombs are situated underneath the Old Palace. They were barrel-vaulted (since Ashur-nasirpal, 883–859 BC) and had heavy basalt doors and sarcophagi of the same material. , ‘Die Paläste in Assur’, WVDOG 66 (Berlin 1955) Assyrian architecture The name Assyria derives from the national god and his eponymous cult city Ashur.

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