Ziggurat Vs Great Pyramids

705 Words3 Pages
In the ancient architectural structures, the civilization incorporated their own respective religious beliefs, political views and the socioeconomic factor in the construction. Moreover, these civilizations may have similarities and differences. To begin with, the Ziggurat of Ur and the Great pyramids of Giza are completely from different civilization, however they have similarities in some way. The ziggurat of Ur was built by the Sumerians.They built it with solid mud brick and bitumen. A ziggurat has four sides that are oriented to the cardinal points of the compass. The temple was built on a platform that lifts the building up to the ground; this platform is the ziggurat. Ziggurat symbolizes elevation or a link between men and the heavens. Furthermore, the ziggurat also emphasized and maintained the Priest-king`s status, his isolation from the rest depicts that he is important and more closer to god than anyone else. Similar to the ancient Egypt, the pyramids of Giza have four sided base and these structures are also oriented to the cardinal points of the compass. Moreover, the pyramid is also a stairway to connect themselves to their gods. Likewise, Egyptian civilization is hierarchical, the pyramids of Giza are a way to emphasize that they are elite and in the top of the hierarchy. In ancient Egypt, they believed that there is after life and that there is a ka or royal life force that would need a dwelling thus elites built a funerary temple called mastaba. The

More about Ziggurat Vs Great Pyramids

Open Document