Architecture In The Old Babylonian Period

Authored by: Harriet Crawford

The Babylonian World

Print publication date:  August  2007
Online publication date:  June  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415353465
eBook ISBN: 9780203946237
Adobe ISBN: 9781134261284

10.4324/9780203946237.ch6

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Abstract

The study of ancient architecture is an extremely valuable tool because the buildings and settlements that they form are far more than a collection of bricks and mortar. The size and patterning of settlements across the landscape frequently reflects the social and political complexity of a society, while the tracks and roads between the settlements indicate the connections between them. They may also point in the direction of significant external contacts as well. The internal arrangement of the settlements relates to the values and structure of the society to which they belong and may also play an active role in promoting them. The relationship between buildings and behaviour is not straightforward, but it is widely agreed that such links exist and that the built environment both reflects the ideals of the society in question, and plays an active role in encouraging socially desirable behaviour (see, for example, the work of Hillier and Hanson 1984, of Kent 1990 and Rappaport in Kent 1990).

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