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24 The step pyramid, Saqqara, Egypt, ca. 2630 BCE. As the first monumental stone construction in Egypt, this building set the precedent for later pyramids of the pharaohs. Its architect, lmhotep, was remembered for his genius and later revered as a deity. 25a (right) Plan of Djoser's funerary complex, Saqqara, Egypt, ca. 2630 BCE. The step pyramid is the rectangular element in the center, dominating a great court accessed through the narrow corridor passage at the lower left. Smaller courtyards to the south were formed by buildings thought to resemble the actual palace in which Djoser lived.

The gate's front face, now in Berlin's Pergamon Museum (Fig. 1 . 19), recalls the colorful splendor of ancient Babylon. Contemporary visitors marveled at the "Hanging Gardens, " designated one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In all likelihood these gardens consisted of planted terraces not unlike modern conservatories, irri­ gated by water brought in buckets on an endless chain from a subterranean well. The ziggurat at Babylon, now a crumbled ruin, is remembered in the Old Testament as the Tower of Babel.

2150-2000 BCE). This period witnessed the development of urban temple forms, particularly the temple elevated on an arti­ ficial mound, or ziggurat. Commonly constructed of sun­ dried brick bonded with bitumen, reed matting, or rope, ziggurats were finished with a weather-resistant exterior layer of kiln-fired brick. From a rectangular base, the zig­ gurat rose with battered or inward-sloping walls in a series of stepped platforms, culminating in a high temple at the top. A flight of stairs set in the center of one side con­ nected the temple to the ground.

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