Purpose: To summarize some of the broad ideas covered across many cultures in this courseStonehenge, fig. 1-9Pyramids at Gizeh, figs. 1-26, 1-27Parthenon, fig. 2-1Great Mosque at Cordoba, fig. 5-7Chartres Cathedral, fig. 7-9Forbidden City, fig. 18-1Teotihuacan, fig. 20-3Machu Picchu, fig. 20-17 Serpent Mound, fig. 20-20Great Zimbabwe, fig. 21-6
Their differences are obvious – location, culture, etc. – but what can you say is similar about all of these structures? Were the structures constructed to accommodate religious ideas or rites, project political or military power, mark astrological phenomenon, or a combination of of these purposes? What do the similarities say about ancient cultures and their priorities? What does our modern/contemporary architecture say about our world culture today??