Greek and Mesopotamian City Architecture Term Paper by Nicky

Greek and Mesopotamian City Architecture
A discussion on the ancient architecture of Greek and Mesopotamia.
# 148905 | 931 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 13, 2011 in Architecture (Ancient)

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The paper describes the materials that were used to build a Mesopotamian house, the palaces in early Mesopotamia and the Ziggurats that were massive stepped cult platforms that were found in certain Mesopotamian sanctuaries. The paper then looks at Greek architecture and describes how it often followed a highly structured system of proportions that related to the individual architectural components to the entire building. The paper looks at the building materials used by a Greek architect and highlights what Mesopotamia and the Greek city architecture have in common.

From the Paper:

"The materials that were used to build a Mesopotamian house were the same as those that might be used today: mud brick, mud plaster and wooden doors, which were all naturally available around the city. Most houses contained a square center room with other rooms attached to it, but a great variation in the size and materials used to build the houses suggest they were built by the residents themselves. The smallest rooms did not necessarily belong to the poorest people. It was noted in fact the poorest people often built houses out of perishable materials such as reeds on the outside of the city.
"The palaces in early Mesopotamian were large scale complexes, and were often generously decorated. These palaces often functioned as large scale socio-economic institutions. Meaning that along with residential and private functions, they housed craftsmen workshops, food storehouses, ceremonial courtyards, and were often associated with shrines. Assyrian palaces of the Iron Age have become famous because of the pictorial and textual narratives that were on their walls. These pictorials either included cultic scenes or a narrative account of the kings' military and civic accomplishments. Gates and important passageways were often edged with massive stone sculpture of mythological figures. The architectural planning of these Iron Age palaces was also planned around large and small courtyards. There is also a lot of evidence that suggests that bronze repousse bands decorated the wooden gates."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • : Mesopotamia. 2009. Mesopotamia. (accessed June 8, 2009).
  • Greek Architecture: Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian? 2009. (accessed June 8, 2009).
  • Greek Architecture. n.d. The History of Ancient Greece. http://greek- re (accessed June 8, 2009).

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