A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Architecture
Routledge – 1988 – 286 pages
This Dictionary gives a comprehensive survey of the whole range of ancient Near Eastern architecture from the Neolithic round huts in Palestine to the giant temples of Ptolemaic Egypt. Gwendolyn Leick examines the development of the principal styles of ancient architecture within their geographical and historical context, and describes features of major sites such as Ur, Nineveh and Babylon, as well as many of the lesser-known sites. She also covers the variations of typical ancient architectural structures such as pyramids, tombs and houses, details the building material and techniques employed, and clarifies specialist terminology.
`Leick's Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Architecture is a representative of the type of specialised reference book that may become more and more necessary as the archaeological data-base expands and diversifies.' - Antiquity
`Clearly written and easy to use … [with] clear summaries of the major architectural features of important sites … this book should be most valuable.' - Institute of Archaeology Bulletin
Gwendolyn Leick is affiliated with the University College, Cardiff and the University of Reading.