The origins of architecture in the ancient world, narrated through clear reconstructive drawings, well-chosen images, fascinating archaeological sources and a rigorous, simple style.
[Architecture. Origins] Seton Lloyd and Hans Wolfgang Müller narrate, with a clear, simple style, the origins of architecture in the ancient world. Many reconstructive drawings and well-chosen images help the reader to comprehend remote architectural experiences: from the first dwellings with a circular plan in the 8th millennium BC, found in Jordan, to the protodynastic and dynastic period, the Neo-Assyrians, the Phrygians, the Syro-Hittites, the Neo-Babylonians, the Achaemenids. A large section is devoted to Egyptian architecture from the origins to the 5th century BC. The book makes use of archaeological sources that reveal the theological requirements, the architectural organization and practices of the builders of the time, but never shed light on how the works were designed: a mystery of enduring fascination.